St David’s Marist Inanda paddlers excel

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Paddlers Marist Inanda from St David recently excelled in the first training marathon, showing their commitment to qualifying for the Gauteng Marathon Championships.

“Gauteng is hosting a series of marathon races leading up to the Gauteng Marathon Championships, where the team that will represent the province at the SA Marathon Championships will be selected,” said Gauteng Canoe Union Media Liaison Officer Jennie Dallas.

The first marathon, a K1 race (kayak, one person), was held at Homestead Dam in Benoni encompassing all age groups from U8s to grand grandmasters (65+) with varying distances.

Daniel van Eeden (U14) finished the 8km in 00:46.59. Photo: Supplied

Canoe Marathon races include portages, take the canoe out of the water and run a short distance and put it back in because that’s one of the tricky parts of canoeing, and when you’re likely to tip over and fall, practice in these maneuvers is vital.

St David’s Marist Inanda paddlers put in phenomenal performances, staying with the winning peloton throughout the race.
Luke Salmon (U18) finished fifth overall with a time of 01:35:00 against the winner’s time of 01:33:00.

In the U16 category, Theo Dreyer finished in 01:39:00 while Bruno Cochrane finished in 01:40:00.

In the U14 category, Daniel van Eeden finished the 8km (no carry suitable for this age group) in a time of 00:46.59, followed by Matthew Charter in second place (00:46:50).

The Gauteng Marathon Championships will take place at the Victoria Lake Canoe Club, Germiston Lake on May 28-29.

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