Hank McGregor notches up yet another SA title in Klip River Canoe Marathon

2015-02-03 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Typical Highveld thunderstorms late last week provided the Klip River with a healthy boost ahead of the weekend’s Two-Day Klip River Canoe Marathon, which doubled as the 2015 SA K1 Championships.

The event saw five-time Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor claim yet another national title as he streaked home ahead of local paddler Siseko Ntondini following two days of hard racing.

The Jeep Team/Kayak Centre star claimed the top step of the podium on both days and finished in an overall time of four hours and 40 minutes, while runner-up Ntondini was the first U23 and Gauteng local across in just a second ahead of Soweto Canoeing and Recreation Club (SCARC) team-mate Thando Ngamlana.

The Gauteng four-man team of Ntondini, Ngamlana, Alex Roberts and Phineas Zulu won the team provincial event with a combined time of 19 hours and 20 minutes, ahead of the KwaZulu-Natal outfit of McGregor, James Tutton, Marion Young and Mike Halliday.

McGregor, who went into the race having never raced on the Klip River before, was pleasantly surprised by both the race and the river.

“I went into the race blind but I had a really great time. It was super fun, with surprises around every corner.”

Although the race might have been missing a number of the country’s top river marathoners, McGregor found himself still having to work hard at the beginning of the race to stay with the local paddlers in the foreign conditions.

“We had quite a long portage early on in the race and my running isn’t great at the moment, so I found myself at the back of A batch following the portage and having to negotiate my way through the field, which was a new adventure for me,” he said.

“The SCARC guys are all gearing up for the Dusi and are in great running form at the moment, so they got away from me a bit on the portage and then the river is really narrow … so getting through the field and trying to catch the guys was probably the hardest part.”

The recent father felt that the race was demanding throughout and kept the paddlers guessing, something he enjoyed. “Having to get through tree blocks as well as negotiating the rapids meant that the race was really demanding on your river skills, and I underestimated the race and was caught a little unawares, which was a fantastic surprise,” he said.




1. Hank McGregor 2:24:23 4:40:56

2. Siseko Ntondini 2:26:12 4:43:54 (U23)

3. Thando Ngamlana 2:25:25 4:43:55

Under 23

4. Alex Roberts 2:30:36.22 4:56:33

5. Phineas Zulu 2:34:50.20 4:58:59

6. Russell Willis 2:32:03.76 5:00:25

7. Michael Stewart 2:34:15.65 5:01:29

8. Richard Fly 2:35:10.61 5:03:07

9. Richard Cele 2:36:33.67 5:03:10

10. Siyabonga Tyiki 2:40:37.64 5:04:45

Under 18

11. Thulani Ngamlana 2:34:32.91 5:06:16 Under 23

12. Kelvin Byres 2:36:52.05 5:06:53

13. Ryno Armdorf 2:38:44.86 5:12:14

14. Hopolang Sikhau 2:39:31.41 5:13:00

15. Tommy Booth 2:39:58.84 5:14:57


1. Morgan Ziervogel 2:47:13 5:33:42

2. Marion Young 2:47:49 5:40:57

3. Monique Steven 3:02:38 6:10:40

Under 23 men

1. Siseko Ntondini 2:26:12 4:43:54

2. Thando Ngamlana 2:25:25 4:43:55

3. Thulani Ngamlana 2:34:32.91 5:06:16

Under 18 boys

1. Siyabonga Tyiki 2:40:37.64 5:04:45

2. Peter Chissano 3:08:18 6:29:11

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.