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Rains set to bolster Berg River stock

Paarl – The fate of the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon hangs in the balance as a well-timed cold front makes landfall in the Boland on Sunday, with expected rains that could rescue what is looking to be a very tough four day outing on a low river. With the Western Cape still in the grip of the drought that ...

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Alternative routes being considered for Berg

Paarl – With the 56th running of the iconic Berg River Canoe Marathon just over two weeks away, the race organisers are considering major changes to the race route caused by vegetation and low water problems. With the region still firmly in the grips of the drought, the very low level of water in the Berg River system has left ...

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Czech star Mojžíšek back for another Berg crack

Paarl – Respected Czech Republic marathon paddler Petr Mojžíšek has added his name to the entry list for the upcoming Berg River Canoe Marathon, joining Hungarian former world champion Adrián Boros in a strong looking international team heading for the four day classic from 12 to 15 July. The 40 year-old veteran from Jesenice in Prague is a big man, ...

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Maties men up for Berg challenge

Paarl  – A core group of five students from the University of Stellenbosch has committed to taking on their 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon, many of them Berg novices, undaunted by the distance of the four day race or the consequences of the drought ravaging the region. Maties canoe club captain Evan Knight says the group has been putting in ...

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Berg organisers commit to staging 2017 Berg

Paarl – The organisers of the Berg River Canoe Marathon have moved to reassure paddlers that the event will go ahead, despite the crippling drought that is gripping the Western Cape. Water levels in the Berg river between Paarl and the lower tidal reaches of the river are extremely low, and the feeder dams are equally depleted. “We are committed ...

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Defending champs reign supreme at 2016 Berg

Velddrif – Hank McGregor entrenched his status as the undisputed champion of the Berg River Canoe Marathon by wrapping up a tactically brilliant overall victory while Bianca Beavitt defended her women’s title in a gusty display of determination when the race ended in Velddrif on the West Coast on Saturday. Holding a seven minute advantage going into the final stage ...

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Drama aplenty sorts out the Berg stage two field

McGregor’s major competition, Simon van Gysen and Adrian Boros, needed to make up some significant time on the second stage in order to put the 10-time champion under pressure however McGregor received a nasty gash on his forehead after he connected with a tree branch which threatened to derail his pursuit for an unprecedented eleventh title. “That’s the Berg for ...

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Circumspect start to Berg 2016

Zonquasdrift – An unseasonably warm winter’s day in the Swartland for the first stage of the Berg River Canoe Marathon was matched with some heated racing on tough low water river conditions that eventually saw defending champions Hank McGregor and Bianca Beavitt set up overnight leads after the 62km first stage. With an eleventh Berg title in his sights McGregor ...

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McGregor and Beavitt lay down Berg time trial marker

Paarl – Both defending champions signalled their intentions by winning the traditional pre-Berg River Canoe Marathon time trial with Hank McGregor and Bianca Beavitt leading the charge in their respective divisions before the four day race-proper begins on Wednesday, 13 July from Paarl Canoe Club. The 3,5 kilometre time-trial is set out to front row seeding for the first stage ...

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