NWU students take on Fish River Canoe Marathon

A number of students from North-West University trekked down through the Karoo to participate in the Hansa Fish River Marathon event.
Danie Botes from a paddling family in Centurion, who is now a student at the University, partnered up with Herman Marais from Cradock, and whose family is involved in organising the event, to finish the full course in the top 100 out of some 500 finishing boats (over 1000 paddlers), in 73rd position, in a time of 5 hours 46 minutes, in the under 23 age category.

The Hansa Fish River Marathon takes place in Cradock annually, usually in the first weekend of October, with guaranteed big water and huge rapids, thanks to the annual water release for the farms along the Fish river between Cradock and Port Elizabeth.

The 80 km race from Grassridge Dam to Cradock over 6 and 7 October is 80 km. For the less experienced, the short course was incorporated to build their confidence and abilities while the stronger, more experienced paddlers completed the full race.


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