West Rand paddlers among participants in the Fish River Canoe Marathon

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The 2022 Fish River Canoe Marathon kicked off Friday October 7th to Saturday October 8th in Cradock in an exciting 80km of wild water splashes and plenty of challenging rapids over the two days.

A number of paddlers from Gauteng headed to Cradock in the Eastern Cape to congregate at Grassridge Dam for the start of the fun river race, including a few from the West Rand area, who train at Lake Florida .

Chad Andrews, Anje Burger and Tarryn Willis. Photo: provided.

Grassridge Dam is an earth dam located on a tributary of the Great Fish River called the Great Brak River, near Hofmeyr, Eastern Cape.

It is the starting point of the Fish River Canoe Marathon, which ends in Cradock, the dam was built in 1923 and was renovated in 1948.

Sean Jones, CEO of the Artisan Training Institute on Main Reef Road in Roodepoort, a highly experienced river paddler teamed up with friend Jason Bryden, to complete the two-day river race in eight hours and 50 minutes.

Both Sean and Jason thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came home with much to share with the local paddlers.

Chad Andrews, owner/manager of Canoe Concepts (canoe equipment sales and repair) for many years and lives in Quellerina, Roodepoort was lucky enough to take two young women out on the river, in a 3 person kayak ( K3) .

Gauteng Canoe Union PR/Media Liaison said the experience was very exciting and enjoyable for Chad and the two women as he is highly skilled and experienced.

Tarryn Willis and the president of the Stand Up Paddling (SUP) club at Emmarentia Dam, Anje Burger also had a great experience.

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