A spectacular three days of paddling culminated in two dramatic final stage races unfolding with pre-race favourites Andy Birkett and Hank McGregor and sisters Cana and Jordan Peek claiming the respective men's and women's FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon crowns at Blue Lagoon on Saturday.
The outcome of the final day's racing was far from certain with ...more
The action-packed 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon dished up another dose of drama on day two with an end sprint deciding the men’s stage winners, while the Peek sisters continued to dominate the ladies race on Friday.
Coming into the stage both men’s and women’s overnight leaders enjoyed a comfortable buffer, however after 46km of gruelling ...more
Pre-race favourites Andy Birkett and Hank McGregor and the Peek sisters Jordan and Cana took the respective men's and women's stage one honours at Thursday's first stage of the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon but in sharply contrasting races.
Racing on a medium level uMsindusi River under cool and overcast skies the drama in the men’s ...more
The 67th edition of the iconic FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon looks set to live up to all of the pre-race hype as the country's finest river marathon paddlers fight it out between Pietermaritzburg and Durban from Thursday to Saturday this week.
In what has been seen as one of the most exciting K2 Dusi combinations in ...more
With the Western and Eastern Cape wrestling with a looming Day Zero and Umgeni Water extending its water restrictions on KwaZulu-Natal, paddlers in this week’s FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon are celebrating the confirmation that there will be enough water in the lower uMngeni River to paddle the final stage into Blue Lagoon on Saturday.
After a ...more
As the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon race week dawns, a crew that has flown under the radar for much of the build-up are the young and old pairing of Ant Stott and Banetse Nkhoesa, poised to disrupt the sharp end of the field from 15-17 February.
The duo, which got together after the 2017 Ozzie Gladwin ...more
Participants in the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15 to 17 February will be able to enjoy a new level of technological support following the launch of a new updated app that will bring essential information to the cellphones of both paddlers and their seconders.
The app includes vital information on the level of the uMsundusi ...more
The 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon continues to be used as a vehicle to spread awareness and few paddlers embody this more than Megan van der Merwe who will be paddling in the name of cerebral palsy at this year's event from 15-17 February.
Van der Merwe, who is mother of two children that have cerebral ...more
2000 Olympic silver medallist and record setting Deaflympics star Terence Parkin will conclude his mammoth 902km journey from Johannesburg to Durban in aid of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation by paddling the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15 to 17 February.
The renowned swimmer will be raising funds for Princess Charlene's foundation that will ...more
No matter what happens at the front of the elite men’s and women’s races in the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15 to 17 February, the biggest record that is poised to be broken will fall to a modest 67 year old Pietermaritzburg man aiming to break the great Graeme Pope-Ellis’ record for most Dusi ...more
Having accepted the offer the paddle the FNB Dusi with seven times champion Andy Birkett, world champ Hank McGregor is finding the approach to the 2018 edition of the three day classic totally invigorating.
“When Andy (Birkett) asked me, I thought it would be a great idea. The world number one and two teaming up for ...more
The 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon is set to dish up a number of mouth-watering showdowns, none more exciting than the contest for the Under 23 men's crown from 15-17 February.
The prestigious age-group title is one that many have strived to hold, however the calibre and competitiveness of paddler in the Under 23 age category ...more
2018 N3TC Drak Challenge winner Jenna Ward has had to mix and match her K2 partners recently while she awaits the arrival of her FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon partner, Hungarian marathon ace Vanda Kiszli ahead of the 2018 event from 15-17 February.
Ward’s build up to the three-day race has been solid, however she and Kiszli ...more
Sbonelo Khwela and Siseko Ntondini showed signs of peaking just in time for the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon showdown when they won the men's race, while the Peek sisters won the ladies race at the Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge Dusi seeding race on Sunday.
The who’s-who of the 2018 Dusi title race were present ...more
With just three weeks to go until the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, organisers have been given the confirmation from Umgeni Water that they will be given at least seven cumecs of water from Inanda Dam for the final day.
Organisers of the event are acutely aware of the ongoing drought that is gripping large parts ...more
For the Mooi River brothers Andrew and Alan Houston, the decision to challenge for the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon title was forged on the bitter disappointment of their 2016 race.
The brothers shook the 2016 race to its core on the second stage, when they blitzed the 46km leg in spectacular fashion to shoot themselves ...more
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Many paddlers will be eyeing personal milestones at the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, but very few are as significant as Lorna Oliver who eyes her thirtieth consecutive Dusi finish at the event from 15-17 February.
The daughter of long-serving KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union stalwart timekeeper and administrator John Oliver, Lorna’s first taste ...more
The organisers of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon have extended the normal entries for the three-day excursion from 15-17 February as part of the race’s drive to be responsive to suggestions and comments from its participants.
With less than a month to go to the annual event, the race has extended normal entries until 31 January, ...more
The murky waters of potential FNB Dusi title contenders became slightly clearer after the StaminaGro 50 Miler and the new Mfula to eNanda races this past weekend, as the fancied K2 crews showed their hands ahead of the iconic three day showdown from 15-17 February.
With a healthy water release from Henley Dam on Friday, paddlers ...more
The 2018 edition of the Canvas Dusi got underway on Friday from Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg as 18 hardy paddlers recreate the famous canvas and wooden boat journey undertaken by the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon pioneers over 65 years ago.
The late Dr Ian Player sparked the idea of a race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban along ...more
As many crews start their final preparations for the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15-17 February, the father-and-son pair of Michael and Liam Stewart will be hoping to replicate their impressive top 50 performance in 2016.
For father Michael, 2017 ended on a tough note after he tore his calf muscle on the final portage ...more
Martin Dreyer's Change a Life Academy will once again pose a significant threat at the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon when the 12 K2 boats from the successful programme take to the race from 15-17 February.
With five all-Change a Life combinations and three paddlers teaming up with other paddlers leading the charge, this part of ...more
With the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon just under two months away, a number of exciting combinations have surfaced in the steady flow of entries being processed at the race's Natal Canoe Club headquarters at Camps Drift.
Six-time FNB Dusi champion Andy Birkett seems to be a clear favourite when he teams up with two-time race ...more