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The Fish River Canoe Marathon & Cradock does it again

As the paddlers planned their trip down to Cradock, the locals prepared their town, river stretches, weirs and seconders’ trails for the annual Fish River Canoe Marathon.

With great excitement, paddlers from all across South Africa arrived in the beautiful town of Cradock which lies in the bend of the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape. For the last 40 years, the Fish River Canoe Marathon invites young and old paddlers to take on the challenge of paddling this exciting river. This two day race includes the best-known Keith flyover, newly built Double Trouble, the big waters that fill the Soutpansdrift, the Marlow chute and the infamous Cradock weir.

With close to 40 paddlers from Dabs, we made sure that our presence was not only known but seen, heard and felt. With our pink two tone shirts, leopard rash vests and our band, The Dabblers, who were luckily on their Eastern Cape leg of their world tour, got the crowds going on and off the water.

A massive congratulations to the Dabs paddlers who paddled incredibly and secured our club in the 1st Club prize. A shout out to Clinton Cook who raced into second place, followed by Wayne Jacobs in seventh and  Jack de Swardt in 9th for the Overall Men result. Jack also secured a 4th position in the u/23 ranking. 

Congratulations to Wayne Jacobs and Alex Roberts who took 1st and 2nd in the Veteran Men (40-44) as well as Benjamin Cockram for taking the first prize for Master Men (50-54). Ex-(but always a) Dabs member Meyer Steyn also took the first prize for SUB – Great Grand Master (65 – 69).

Riccardo Talevi, Nicholas Weeks and Michael Arthur had the crowds talking while they took the first spot for the K3 race and Brad Boulle and Emma Hatfield was the first Mixed K2 to finish the race. 

Find all of the results on the official event website, here.

What better way to end another great race than with a performance from the Dabblers who got all of the Dabs paddlers on their feet enticing all other paddlers and supporters  to join them in a Free Fallin’, Peaky Blinders intro and Beds are Burning chorus. 

See more photos on Facebook, here.