Maties pair eye SA title at Canon Breede Marathon

2008-09-03 00:00

Cape Town — Cape stalwarts Heinrich Schloms and Ernest van Riet are targeting the Canon Breede River Canoe Marathon title this weekend that will also decide the national K2 river championship titles for 2008.

The Maties pairing raced on to the podium last year, narrowly losing the silver medal dice to Ant Stott and Mike Arthur.

However, this year they see a genuine chance to grab the title, as the current entry list reflects that a number of the sports stars are unable to race due to the imminent world marathon championships two weeks after the race.

“We are both 10 times stronger than we were last year, so we are excited about our chances this weekend,” said Schloms after winning the final Breede warm-up race at the weekend.

Schloms has singled out Hank McGregor and Dawid Mocke as the crew to beat, but has also tipped the duo of Paul Marais and Greg Barnard as dark horses to watch.

“I think it’s rubbish that Graeme (Solomon) and Lance (King) can’t compete in the race because the marathon committee is afraid they might injure themselves,” said Schloms.

“The Breede is a great training exercise for them.”

Already confirmed are the entries of Mocke and McGregor, the Van Heerden siblings, Rory Cole and Simon van Gysen, Dane Sanvido and Sean Rice, and Mike Harris and Brandon Collyer.

Defending champion Len Jenkins will not be racing.

The five times winner had originally set up a partnership with Mark Mulder, but has been forced to scrap his plans for the defence of the K2 title he won with Cam Schoeman due to work pressures.

The Breede River Canoe Marathon gets under way outside Robertson on Saturday and ends outside Swellendam on Sunday.

More information about the race can be found at www.breederivermarathon.org.za

— Own Correspondent.

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