Held in Cradock, the marathon took place on October 7-8 and saw canoeists paddle 80km of wild waters in this Eastern Cape town that saw plenty of challenging rapids over the two days.
Several local paddlers took part in the event, some of whom were novices who gave their best while being supported by their families. K3 paddlers Riccardo Talevi, Nicholas Weeks and Michael Arthur finished in 05:10:00 over the two days.
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While Clinton Cook, who was in her K1, finished second overall just 11 minutes behind the three paddlers. Wayne Jacobs finished as the first age class veteran in 05:17:00.
The first woman to finish Gauteng in the single kayak, Christie Mackenzie, finished the race’s second overall woman, U23, in a time of 05:50:00, having just returned from Portugal in time to make it to Cradock, where she competed at the International Canoe Federation Marathon World Championships, where she won a bronze medal.
Kelvin Byres, along with junior Jordan Byres (15) and Mark Garden were also among the K3 finishers, finishing the race in 05:31:00, as the second K3 overall.
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