Top paddlers out in force

2011-02-01 00:00

BIG fields, good water and exciting racing characterised the three KZN canoe races held at the weekend.

On Saturday morning veteran Wayne Wilson teamed up with junior Blaine Beresford to win the University of KZN Dash and Crash K2 race by just three seconds from Stuart MacLaren and Gregor Martin, who are much better known for their exploits on the sprint track than toiling through shallow water and over steep hills on the Dusi. The third-placed boat in the 10 km classic from Camps Drift to Low Level Bridge, Paulos Shozi and Nqobile Makhanya, did set a trend, however, as the first of many of the province’s development paddlers to shine in the weekend’s races. These two were also the winners of the junior category closely followed by Murray Haw with James Speed, and Donovan Wewege, with Murray Starr taking the overall fourth and fifth places as well.

Hillary Pitchford and Abby Adie teamed up for an easy win in the women’s race with the new junior pair of Kate Arnott and Roxanne Wisdom in second place and veterans Shirleigh Delpech and Lorna Holmes a distant third.

The Dash and Crash day consists of two races, K2 at 9 am and K1 at 1 pm. In between, at 11.30, there was a guppy race on the flat water of Camps Drift for the U12s. Quite a testing 3 000 m three lap course with a portage was contested by seven boats in all. Ryan Davie won the race from Tumelo Elephant and David Evans. Rily van Rooyen, Gower Shaw, Brittany Eayres and Julia Whitney made up the other places.

In the afternoon for the K1 Dash and Crash it was the turn of the young men as Brandon van der Walt took the top spot from Lance Kime with Loveday Zondi in third place. Mmeli Cele won the junior race in fourth place overall from Maritzburg College’s Donovan Wewege and Murray Haw. The race doubled as the first event in the 2011 Capitol Caterer’s/Popes Canoe Centre Interschools Challenge. Bruce Arnott from Michaelhouse won the U16 category and Nhlonipho Shinga from Inanda was the first U14.

In the women’s race Abby Adie was first with Donna Winter turning the tables on Hillary Pitchford for once to take second place. Epworth’s Brittany Petersen won the girls’ race by 14 seconds from Kingsway’s Jenna Ward with St Annes’ Kate Arnott in third place. Epworth’s Jordan Peek was the first U16 home in a rare win over schoolmate Bianca Haw. No U14 girls took part in the race.

On Sunday morning the action moved down the course a little for Eston Canoe Club’s Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge race. This 25 km event covers a large chunk of the Unlimited Dusi Day 1 course and almost 600 paddlers turned out for a preview of this testing section of the Umsindusi under race conditions.

The portage specialists always have a field day on this event with its two major portages and two minor ones and it was no surprise to see Thaomas Ngidi out in front at the final put in after Cabbage Tree portage. Ant Stott did manage to catch him in the final few kilometres of paddling before Dusi Bridge, but gave Ngidi the honours without a sprint for the line. Sub-veteran Piers Cruikshanks of Gauteng took the third place nine seconds ahead of Mmeli Cele taking his second junior win of the weekend a huge seven minutes clear of second-placed James Speed and Murray Haw. With Andrew Birkett in sixth place, Hank McGregor 10th and Michael Mbanjwa 14th it was clear that many of the top Dusi contenders were just doing a recce rather than racing seriously. Nevertheless the 10 Change-a-Life development paddlers in the first 20 gave a clear picture of their potential for the Dusi.

Robyn Kime beat Abby Adie and Hillary Pitchford, making these three the clear podium candidates for the Unlimited Dusi. Brittany Petersen won the girls’ race, but not easily, with Epworth schoolmate U16 Bianca Haw just two seconds off the pace. Jenna Ward was a distant third.



Dash and Crash K2


1.Wayne Wilson and Blaine Beresford KIN-MAR 00:34:18, 2. Stuart MacLaren and Gregor Martin(U21) NAT 00:34:22, 3. Paulos Shozi and Nqobile Makhanya (U18) LEM 00:35:11.


1.Abby Adie and Hillary Pitchford NAT 00:38:28, 2. Kate Arnott and Roxanne Wisdom NAT(U18) 00:46:06, 3. Lorna Holmes and Shirleigh Delpech(V) 00:54:07


1.Paulos Shozi and Nqobile Makhanya (U18) LEM 00:35:11, 2. Murray Haw and James Speed MAR 00:36:13, 3. Donovan Wewege and Murray Starr NAT 00:36:51.

1st U14 Raymond Radebe and Sphiwe Ndlovu THO 00:53:11

1st U16 Andrew Woodgate and Damon Stamp MAR 00:39:59

1st SV Jonothan Hollinshead and Robin Tindall KIN 00:38:37

1st V Clint Lawson and Craig Gibson NAT 00:42:30

1st SM Paul Firman and Richard Starr NAT 00:41:25

1st M Lyle Wheeler and Robertus Heerman NAT-UMZ 00:50:57

1st SGM Colin Burden and Duncan Paul NAT 00:41:38

1st GM Derek Fourie and Hennie Venter NGW 00:48:12

1st Mixed Donna Winter and James Tutton KIN 00:38:30

Dash and Crash K1.


1.Brandon van der Walt(U21) UKN 00:35:46, 2. Lance Kime(U21) US 00:35:59, 3. Loveday Zondi SOW 00:36:13.


1.Abby Adie NAT 00:40:44. 2. Donna Winter KIN 00:41:47, 3. Hillary Pitchford NAT 00:42:14


1.Mmeli Cele LEM 00:37:13, 2. Donovan Wewege NAT 37:31, 3. Murray Haw MAR 00:38:20.


1.Brittany Petersen EPW 00:44:26, 2. Jenna Ward AMA 00:44:40, 3. Kate Arnott NAT 00:44:53

1st U14 Nhlonipho Shinga THO 00:53:01

1st U16 Bruce Arnott MIC 00:39:09, girl – Jordan Peek EPW 00:47:30

1st U21 woman Jenna Starr NAT 00:44:50

1st SV Marc Germiquet UMZ 00:37:27 – Di Reitz UKN 00:45:49

1st V Gavin Tarr CAN 00:38:34 – Shirleigh Delpech UMZ 00:57:32

1st SM Eric Hildebrandt KIN 00:40:55 – Louise van Staden KIN 01:10:00

1st M Paul Tait NAT 00:45:34 – Lorna Holmes UMZ 00:58:58

1st SGM Roy Tremerne NAT 00:47:03

1st GM Friedrich Burnard ROR 01:00:32

Capitol Caterers/Popes Canoe Centre Intershools Umgeni Race

Boys U18 1. Mmeli Cele CaL 00:37:13, 2. Donovan Wewege MAR 37:31, 3. Murray Haw MAR 00:38:20

Girls U18 1. Brittany Petersen EPW 00:44:26, 2. Jenna Ward KNG 00:44:40, 3. Kate Arnott STA 00:44:53

Boys U16 1. Bruce Arnott MIC 00:39:09, 2. Nqobile Makhanya CaL 00:40:25, 3. Louis Hattingh MAR 00:41:08

Girls U16 1. Jordan Peek EPW 00:47:30, 2. Bianca Haw EPW 00:48:16, 3. Camilla Pennefather EPW 00:55:01

Boys U14 1. Nhlonipho Shinga THO 00:53:01, 2. Gary Porter MIC 1:01:42, 3. Brandon Dowell MAR 01:01:45.

Campbells to Dusi Bridge


1.Thomas Ngidi LEM 1:42:31, 2. Ant Stott NAT 1:42:32, 3. Piers Cruikshanks(SV) DAB 1:45:25, 4. Mmeli Cele(U18) LEM 1:45:34, 5. Lucas Mthalane LEM 1:46:01.


1.Robyn Kime(U21) US 2:01:37, 2. Abby Adie NAT 2:04:03, 3. Hillary Pitchford NAT 2:14:42, 4. Debbie Germiquet UMZ 2:19:53, 5. Donna Winter KIN 2:20:47


1.Mmeli Cele(U18) LEM 1:45:34, 2. James Speed MAR 1:52:32, 3. Murray Haw MAR 1:52:57.


1.Brittany Petersen EPW 2:26:21, 2. Bianca Haw(U16) EPW 2:26:23, 3. Jenna Ward AMA 2:39:56

1st U14 Nhlonipho Shinga THO 3:35:28

1st U16 Bruce Arnott MIC 2:02:36

1st U21 Andrew Birkett UKN 1:46:05

1st V Stuart Roberts UMZ 1:59:44 – Mandy Rawlins NAT 2:20:54

1st SM Glen Hilliar KIN 1:56:20 – Sue Annandale NAT 3:40:14

1st M Rick Whitton UMZ 2:01:05

1st SGM Phillip van Niekerk KIN 2:12:06

1st GM Roy Delhove KIN 2:16:45

1st K2 Mfaniseni Nyawose and Mafanofikile Khanyile MKH 2:02:27

1st Mixed Mark and Natasha Stanton SOU 2:11:07.

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