Duo favourites for 2010’s Dusi

2009-12-15 00:00

AFTER winning last week’s Landrover 50 Miler and three of the four races on offer over the past weekend, Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa are firmly at the top of the favourites list for the Hansa Powerade Dusi in January.

On Friday evening they started off with a win of 36 seconds over Wayne Wilson and Paul Rabinowitz at the Varsity College Alex Wasps Nite Race at Midmar Dam. Craig Turton and Miles Rasmussen took the third place. The 20 km flat-water race was run in cool, drizzly weather and included three 300-metre portages.

Saturday morning began with the University of KZN’s Dash n Crash K2 race over the short sharp course from Camps Drift to Low Level bridge. The first two places were an exact copy of the night before except that Wilson and Rabinowitz cut the difference to just 18 seconds. Nkosi Cele and Tom Ngcobo claimed the third place. Many of the top paddlers gave the K1 Dash n Crash a miss on Saturday afternoon and it was won by Cape Town’s Patrick Birkett with visiting British paddler Owen Peake in second place ahead of Shaun Biggs.

Then came the big event of the weekend, Eston Canoe Club’s iNsingisi Campbells to Dusi Bridge race on Sunday morning. Here Stott and Mbanjwa set one of the fastest times ever for the race, bar the flood conditions of a few years ago. Some success finally started to come back for Thomas Ngidi and Eric Zondi, who took second place, their first podium since winning the Midmar Mini last month. Turton and Rasmussen claimed their second third place of the weekend by just one second in an exciting sprint for the line with Andrew Birkett and Jason Graham.

In the women’s races Abby Miedema and Robyn Kime showed their clear dominance as well, taking the Dash n Crash and Campbells to Dusi Bridge from Abby Adie and Lindi-May Harmsen in both cases. Adie teamed up with her sister Alex Adie to win the Nite Race from juniors Brittany Petersen and Tamika Haw, who won the Girls’ category at all three of the K2 events with Petersen taking first woman overall in the Dash n Crash K1 event.

The Boys’ races over the weekend produced a mixed bag of results with different crews winning in each K2 event. Lance Kime and Kwanda Mhlophe took the Dash n Crash, but did not start the Campbells to Dusi Bridge race, which was won by Mzamo Zondi and Mmeli Cele from the Gauteng pair of Ivan Kruger and Gavin Shuter. Blaine Berresford and Brett Wilson won the Nite race and Kwanda Mhlophe the Dash n Crash K1.

There is just a small break of two days to the next event on the very full KZN calendar, the SA Paddler/DUCT Table Mountain Descent tomorrow. This is an A-class race on the exciting section of the Umgeni from Cumberland Nature Reserve to Nagle Dam. The 32 km race starts at 9 am from the Horse Shoe pool on Cumberland.

Results

Varsity College Jimmy Potgieter Alex Wasps Nite Race

1.Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa NAT-SOW 1:13:42, 2. Wayne Wilson and Paul Rabinowitz KIN 1:14:18, 3. Craig Turton and Miles Rasmussen CAN-KIN 1:16:39.

Women

1.Abby and Alex Adie NAT-RHO 1:22:47, 2. Tamika Haw and Brittany Petersen(U18) EPW 1:29:03, 3. Claire Lindsay and Patricia Stannard UKN-FEZ 1:32:33.

Boys

1.Blaine Berresford and Brett Wilson NAT/MAR-FEZ/MAR 1:19:34, 2. Donovan Wewege and Andrew Adie(U16) MAR-KEA 1:21:51, 3. Ben and Jeremy Bradford MIC 1:27:43.

1st SV Sean McGuigan and Shane Millward NAT 1:17:27

1st V Gill and Gavin Tarr CAN 1:36:31.

1st SM Glen Hilliar and Mike de Villiers KIN-NAT 1:18:58

1st M Ant Edmonds and Paul Firman NAT 1:34:22

1st SGM Vaughan Armstrong and Jim Dawson VIC-CAN 1:44:05

1st MDHillary Pitchford and Shaun Griffin NAT-UCT 1:18:51.

1st K1 Kelvin Trautman KIN 1:21:18

Dash and Crash K2.

1.Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa NAT-SOW 0:34:19, 2. Wayne Wilson and Paul Rabinowitz KIN 0:34:35, 3. Nkosi Cele and Tom Ngcobo LEM 0:35:16.

Women

1.Abby Miedema and Robyn Kime INT-US 0:39:03, 2. Abby Adie and Lindi-May Harmsen NAT-MIL 0:39:21, 3. Hillary Pitchford and Jean Hackland NAT 0:42:06.

Boys

1.Lance Kime and Kwanda Mhlophe NAT/STC-LEM/STC 0:35:35, 2. Donovan Wewege and Andrew Adie(U16) MAR-KEA 0:37:50, 3. Mzamo Zondi and Mmeli Cele LEM 0:38:11.

1st Girls Tamika Haw and Brittany Petersen EPW 0:42:43.

1st Over Over 35 ic Hildebrandt and James Tutton KIN 0:38:46

1st MD Mike de Villiers and Cathy Spires NAT 0:41:12

Dash and Crash K1

1.Patrick Birkett UCT 0:36:05, 2. Owen Peake INT 0:37:27, 3. Shaun Biggs CAN 0:38:37

Women

1.Brittany Petersen(U16) EPW 0:45:49, 2. Alex Adie RHO 0:46:38, 3. Lorna Holmes(M) UMZ 1:00:42.

Boys 1. Kwanda Mhlophe LEN/STC 0:39:45, 2. Mzamo Zondi LEM 0:40:43, 3. Troy Harworth MAR 0:41:58.

1st Over 35 Steve Collins NGW(M) 0:45:35

iNsingisi Campbells to Dusi Bridge

1.Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa NAT-SOW 1:38:12, 2. Thomas Ngidi and Eric Zondi LEM-UMZ 1:39:52, 3. Craig Turton and Miles Rasmussen CAN-KIN 1:42:19.

Women

1.Abby Miedema and Robyn Kime INT-US 1:55:37, 2. Abby Adie and Lindi-May Harmsen NAT-MIL 2:06:16, 3. Debbie Germiquet and Angela Scruby UMZ 2:09:42

Boys

1.Mzamo Zondi and Mmeli Cele LEM 1:51:41, Gavin Shuter and Ivan Kruger DAB-MIL 1:55:36, 3. Scelo Mzolo and Siboniso Shozi LEM 2:03:48.

1st Girls Tamika Haw and Brittany Petersen EPW 0:42:43.

1st SV Guy Collyer and Brett Frost NAT 1:59:22.

1st V Eric Hildebrandt and James Tutton KIN 1:56:00

1st SM Glen Hilliar and Mike de Villiers KIN-NAT 1:49:00

1st M Rick and Colleen Whitton UMZ 2:09:44

1st SGM Graeme Pope-Ellis and Phillip van Niekerk KIN 1:55:27

1st GM Willem Deyzel and Roy Swingewood KIN 2:39:36

1st MD Hillary Pitchford and Deon Bruss NAT-UMV 2:03:14

1st K1 Chris Birkett UKN 1:56:53.

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