King of the Kromme crowned

2017-05-11 06:01
Avid paddler, Greg Louw (middle), is the new King of the Kromme. Phil Smith (left) and Hennie Roos (right) placed second and third respectively. They received their prizes from race organiser, Richard Arderne. Photo:SUPPLIED

Avid paddler, Greg Louw (middle), is the new King of the Kromme. Phil Smith (left) and Hennie Roos (right) placed second and third respectively. They received their prizes from race organiser, Richard Arderne. Photo:SUPPLIED

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GREG Louw, also known as the Bay Bullet, is the new King of the Kromme for 2017.

With a time of 1 hour 44 minutes and 23 seconds, he crossed the finish line first at the annual Pam Golding King of the Kromme held at St Francis Bay.

Securing 12 months of bragging rights for the second time in a row, he also received R1 500 and a trophy.

According to race organiser, Richard Arderne from Pam Golding in St Francis Bay, this is the first time in 11 years that they have had a two-time winner.

Local up-and-coming paddler Phil Smith took the second place (01:48:33), narrowly beating East London’s super-fit veteran Hennie Roos (01:48:49).

Another local, 14-year-old Graydon Mitchley, was the first junior to cross the finish line - coming in at 5th place.

In the 12km race, Grant Pollock came first in a time of 1 hour 2 minutes and 7 seconds, while Richard Arderne (01:09:43) and Byron Andrews (01:13:25) secured the second and third spots with their paddling skills.

22km Winners

1. Greg Louw - 01:44:23

2. Phil Smith - 01:48:33

3. Hennie Roos - 01:48:49

12km Winners

1. Grant Pollock - 01:02:07

2. Richard Arderne - 01:09:43

3. Bryron Andrews - 01:13:25

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