An incredible end sprint saw Christie Mackenzie win her first FNB Dusi Crown from a valiant Tamika Haw while Andy Birkett fought illness to claim his ninth Dusi title at Blue Lagoon on Saturday afternoon.
The ladies race was always going to be a tight tussle into Durban with neither Mackenzie nor Haw giving an inch. ...more
The second and most challenging stage of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon gave supporters clarity on the men’s race with Andy Birkett coming to the fore, however the women’s race remains a mystery with just two seconds separating stage winner Christie Mackenzie and Tamika Haw.
The 42km stage is often seen as a paddlers day and ...more
On a day when war stories were a dime a dozen, there were no heroics to outshine the courage of Olympic medallist Terence Parkin on the first day of the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday.
The three day canoeing classic forms the last part of an epic 1120km journey from Johannesburg that included road ...more
A full Msundusi River and some courageous running saw the race favourites overshadowed on the first stage of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday as Sbonelo Khwela and Tamika Haw took the men’s and women’s stage one line honours at Dusi Bridge on Thursday.
It was a traditionally frantic start to A Batch with multiple ...more
0 - number of past winners in the 2019 women's race
1 – number of finishers in the inaugural edition of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon in 1951 (late Dr Ian Player)
1 – number of K3 entries in the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
2 – number of rivers on the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon route (the Msundusi ...more
Heavy rains in the build-up to the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon that starts at Camps Drift on Thursday 14 February have left the Msundusi and the Mngeni Rivers running full and shrouded the famous three day paddling and running race to Durban in an element of the unexpected.
The country’s top paddlers will converge on the ...more
Late entries have started pouring into the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon office after heavy rainfall in the Midlands has pushed up the level of the Msundusi River just days before the start of the first stage of the race on Thursday 14 February.
On Monday evening a surge of water moved through Pietermaritzburg after the steady ...more
It has been a very different FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon build-up for perennial podium contender Sbonelo Khwela, however he firmly believes that 2019 could be the year that we see him on the top step of the podium on Saturday, 16 February.
The former K2 Dusi champion has had to reshape his entire Dusi preparations due ...more
Following his recent podium finish at the N3TC Drak Challenge recently, Siseko Ntondini is downplaying his chances of an FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon podium finish when he gets to Blue Lagoon on Saturday, 16 February.
Ntondini was in fine form at the Southern Drakensberg classic last month, and with the cream of the river racing crop ...more
As the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon fast approaches, the number of international paddlers taking on the 14 to 16 February Pietermaritzburg to Durban classic has swelled to its largest ever.
Along with the news of Spanish marathon ace Ivan Alonso’s arrival for the race there will be another all-Spanish crew in Guillermo Perez Garcia and ...more
The close on 1000 paddlers entered for the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February can look forward to good water in the uMsindusi and uMngeni Rivers for the three day canoeing classic from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon.
Good rains are forecast for the early part of race week together with the carefully ...more
Following another strong entry for the 2019 edition, the race for podium places at the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon got a lot more complicated with the surprise entry from Spanish ace Ivan Alonso.
With three world titles to his credit, including the elusive double of K1 and K2 titles in 2012 the Spaniard comes with a ...more
With another huge year of paddling ahead of her flat-water marathon star Jenna Ward makes the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon an early-season priority as she lines up another assault on the three-day epic from 14-16 February.
Having won two of the big three river marathons in the country, the N3TC Drak Challenge and the Hansa Fish, ...more
Former Springbok and Sharks rugby star Stefan Terblanche has added his name to the entry for the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February after agreeing to paddle in a K2 with former rugby team mate Justin Swart.
Swart is a veteran of the race, with 12 finishes to his credit, struck the deal ...more
Over the final weekend of 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon qualifying races, some more title and podium contenders came to the fore at the Dash ‘n Crash and Super Bock Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge.
Both races include crucial parts of the day one route of the FNB Dusi and with some tricky obstacles and tough running ...more
With seven FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon wins to his name and an eight year absence since his last appearance, ‘Dusi Duke’ Martin Dreyer and his wife Jeannie will take on their first Dusi three-day adventure together from 14 to 16 February.
Dreyer dominated the race from the late 90’s into the 2000’s before he took up ...more
With the 2019 edition of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February shaping up to be a fascinating showdown, Underberg-based Stew Little, who finished second at last weekend’s N3TC Drak Challenge, is right at front of the young turks looking to edge onto the podium alongside the established stars.
Turning 20 just after ...more
This past weekend saw a number of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon hopefuls come to the fore as a big two days of qualifying saw a surprise appearance from Andy Birkett to win the 50 Miler while Christie Mackenzie showed her class to win both the 50 Miler and Mfula to eNanda races.
With just a month ...more
The organisers of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February have stepped in to reassure paddlers that their safely will be guaranteed, following incidents of theft that marred the 50 Miler one-day race on the weekend.
Several participants were robbed by a trio of criminals operating in the Second Saddle area just above ...more
This weekend will see two of the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon’s most important qualifiers with the 50 Miler taking place on Saturday and the Mfula to eNanda race taking place on Sunday ahead of the Dusi from 14-16 February.
Both these races hold significance for a number of reasons but mainly it gives paddlers the ...more
The FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon has been a frustrating event for 2015’s fifth place finisher Andrew Houston who has often had to battle illness before or during the race, but he is hoping that 2019 will be different when he takes on the three-day challenge from 14-16 February.
Houston didn’t take part in the 2017 K1 ...more
Olympic swimmer Terence Parkin has confirmed that he will be ending a gruelling 12 day 1120 kilometre multi-sport journey with the three day FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14 to 16 February.
The deaf Olympic medallist covered 960km in a similar feature last year, and plans to extend it in 2019 as part of his drive ...more
After some significant rain in the uMsundusi system recently, the ever-green Thulani Mbanjwa opted to do some training on the river ahead of the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 14-16 February 2019.
The 35 year-old won his only Dusi title in a K2 with Martin Dreyer in 2008 but has been a perennial top five ...more