Len Jenkins takes Ozzie Gladwin race by its scruff

2010-11-01 00:00

OVER 600 paddlers took part in the Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon held at Albert Falls in KZN yesterday.

The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin is the first Dusi qualifier of the season and paddlers were treated to cool and overcast conditions.

Len Jenkins, Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa fought it out on the dam section, with Jenkins earning himself R1 000 at the Unlimited hot spot and a further R600 at the Natal Canoe Club hot spot.

Jenkins took the race by the scruff of the neck over the six-kilometre portage and was half-a-minute ahead of the pack at the start of the river section. He paddled powerfully and increased his lead to over five minutes to finish first in a credible 1:54.49.

This earned him the R10 000 on offer for a first-place finish.

Stott and Mbanjwa raced together until the first weir, when Stott rolled his boat.

This cost him two minutes as he emptied his boat of water.

Mbanjwa kept second place for a few kilometres, but Stott came back powerfully to take second place with Mbanjwa ending up in third place overall.

The ladies race was won by Abby Adie, who dominated from start to finish. She won the reace in 2:17.20, with Hillary Pitchford in second place and Donna Winter in third.

The guppy race for children under 12 years was well attended with nearly 40 boats on the water.

Eight development paddlers from Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Academy finished in the top 25.

Full results are available on the website www.theunlimitedozziegladwin.co.za.

 

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