New record set for TT challenge

2016-08-04 06:00
Multiple South African Team Marathon paddler, Greg Louw, and St Francis Bay paddler, Phil Smith, smash a four-year record. Handing over their R10 000 prizie, is (middle) Richard Arderne from Pam Golding Properties in St Francis Bay.                           Photo: SUPPLIED

Multiple South African Team Marathon paddler, Greg Louw, and St Francis Bay paddler, Phil Smith, smash a four-year record. Handing over their R10 000 prizie, is (middle) Richard Arderne from Pam Golding Properties in St Francis Bay. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A blistering pace from the outset and determination of steel, saw multiple South African Team Marathon paddler, Greg Louw, and St Francis Bay paddler, Phil Smith, smash a four-year record.

Making the best of the near perfect high tide conditions, Louw and Smith became the first paddlers to complete the sub-40-minute 10km Time Trail Challenge on the St Francis Bay canals in a time of 39 minutes and 50 seconds - landing themselves R10 000 in prize money.

‘It was clear from the start that something special was about to unfold,” says Daryl Staples from the St Francis Paddling Club.

Louw and Smith set a blistering pace from the outset, negotiating the tidal flows to maximum benefit, and holding the same pace for the second lap to clench the all-time record.”

Not keeping their victory to themselves, the winners donated their prize money to the Disney Crèche in Sea Vista.

Sub-40-minute TT Challenge

Richard Arderne, owner of Pam Golding in St Francis Bay and a keen paddler, issued a challenge to all paddlers in South Africa back in 2012, to complete the 10km challenge in less than 40 minutes. In return, he would sponsor R10 000 to the winning team.

“Many K2 and S2 combinations gave it a shot, realising that the very nature of the canals required extra effort to maintain momentum and glide for maximum speed,” says Staples.

“The challenge produced some fierce bouts and some hectic confrontations, but in the end the real winners were all the paddlers who experienced the St Francis Paddling Club TT.

“The level of paddling was raised substantially as new personal bests motivated for even better performances. It is without any doubt, that Arderne’s gesture made a real contribution to putting our club and sport on the paddling map in SA.”

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