Zondi and Ngidi rule on rough Midmar

2009-11-10 00:00

MEMBERS of Martin Dreyer’s Change-a-Life canoe development programme took the top three places at Fezela Canoe Club’s Hi-Q Midmar Mini Marathon on Sunday.

As the Hi-Q race is a seeding event, this result will assure all three crews a front-row start at the Hansa Powerade­ Dusi in January.

Coming into their own during the first long portage from Hobie Point to Cascades, Thomas Ngidi and Eric Zondi held off a concerted charge by Lucas Mthalane and John Ngcobo to win the 23-kilometre classic by 31 seconds.

Richard and Nhlanhla Cele snatched third place from Craig Turton­ and Miles Rasmussen during the last portage over the Thurlow peninsula­ and were 21 seconds ahead at the finish at Orient Park.

In the boys’ race 2009 Dusi junior winner Kwanda Mhlophe and runner-up Lance Kime teamed up for a win in sixth place overall over U16s Donovan Wewege and Andrew Adie.

Mhlophe and Kime are St Charles College paddlers, while Wewege and Adie are from Maritzburg College and Kearsney College respectively.

Maritzburg College and Hilton paddlers Dewalt Hattingh and Bazil Robertson took third place. Exam season took its toll in the boys’ and girls’ fields with no K2 girls taking part.

In the women’s race Kingfisher’s Donna Winter and Angelique Mulder had a two-minute win over Umzinyathi­’s­ Debbie Germiquet and Angela Scruby with veterans Debbie Lewis and Cavil Cordes in third place.

As often happens at Midmar, the strong Berg wind had a big part to play in the race with the huge waves providing very testing conditions for the less experienced among the 325-strong entry. Several long swims to the bank were recorded, but despite this only nine of the 167 boats that started the race failed to finish.

Fezela’s well-presented event provided plenty of variety for the paddlers and included two firsts for canoeing­ in KwaZulu-Natal.

In the main race the Eston crew of Brett McNally, Derrin Smith and Ryan Dohne won the first World K3 Championships from the Natal Canoe Club trio of Rob Humphry, Dave Griffin and Shane Houghting.

Humphry, Griffin and Houghting, paddling the much-vaunted Purple Peril, were early leaders but the heavy conditions and inadequate pumps resulted in their speed machine­ taking on a great deal of water­. The resulting unscheduled pit-stop to empty their canoe relegated them to silver.

The mixed Ngwenya crew of Marina­ Eriksen-Miller, Roche Krause and Awanie Swanepoel took third. The K3s covered the same course as the main race but without the portages­, resulting in a longer 25 km paddle. K3s are an unofficial marathon class internationally but very popular in South Africa.

While the main race was under way, the guppy or U12 classes had their own short course event at the start and finish area at Orient Park.

Here, for the first time, there was a viable U6 category. Matthew Millward­ won the race from Kian Gays and Ben Tarr.

Thirty-one paddlers entered the race. The strong guppy field at recent events are a result of concerted efforts by the KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union (KNCU) coaching staff, under the leadership of head coach, Craig Mustard­. Guppys, especially at school level, are the main feeder to the sport and are all-important in the search for young canoeing talent.

 

RESULTS

K3s: 1. Brett McNally, Ryan Dohne and Derrin Smith EST 2:08,19, 2. Rob Humphry, Dave Griffin and Shane Houghting NAT 2:11,25, 3. Marina Eriksen-Miller, Roche Krause and Swanie Swanepoel NGW 2:32,22.

K2sOverall:

1. Eric Zondi and Thomas Ngidi UMZ-LEM 1:46,59, 2. Lucas Mthalane and John Ngcobo LEM-VIC 1:47,30, 3. Richard and Nhlanhla Cele LEM 1:49,13, 4. Craig Turton and Miles Rasmussen CAN-KIN 1:49,34, 5. Wayne Wilson and Paul Rabinwitz KIN-UKN 1:50,29.

Women: 1. Donna Winter and Angelique Mulder KIN 2:17,05, 2. Debbie Germiquet and Angela Scruby UMZ 2:19,21, 3. Debbie Lewis and Cavil Cordes(Vet) KIN-UMZ 2:25,53.

Boys: 1. Kwanda Mhlophe and Lance Kime LEM/STC — NAT/STC 1:52,49, 2. Donovan Wewege and Andrew Adie(U16) MAR-KEA 1:58,52, 3. Dewalt Hattingh and Basil Robertson MAR-HIL 2:08,35.

First SV: Jay Jenkins and Steve Botha NAT 2:02,58; women – Claudine Lee and Bridget Schoefield NAT-CRU 2:46,38

First V: Eric Hildebrandt and James Tutton KIN 2:00,08

First SM: Glen Hilliar and Mike de Villiers KIN-NAT 1:53,06

First M: Dave Strydom and Rob McInerney UMZ 2:33,50

First SGM: Graeme Pope-Ellis and Phillip van Niekerk KIN 2:02,38

First MD: Abie Adie and Troy Harworth NAT-MAR 2:06,22

First K1: Keith Ellerker(Mas) NAT 2:15,10, women, Kate March NAT 2:36,14

Guppys: U6 Matthew Millward – Kelly Tarr, U8 Matthew Millward — Brittany Eayrs, U10 Chelsea Wewege – Matthew Eglington, U12 Jamie-Lee Robertson — Richard Braithwaite, U14 Novices Chris Kayama – Josie van Arbo.

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