Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett claimed victory on the opening stage of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in Pietermaritzburg today.
The pair finished the 42km stage in 2:41:11 and was followed home by Siseko Ntondini and Sbonelo Khwela who finished after 2:43:07. Carl Folscher and Adrian Boros finished in third after 2:43:08.
“I wouldn’t have minded if we were 30 seconds behind to be honest. To have just under a two minute lead going into the second day is great for us,” said Birkett.
“The plan was to try and stay out of the trouble at the start and to set our own pace and if guys ran off the front we would just let them go. It was a bit of a shock that we were the first boat going over the first portage and we set a good pace throughout.”
Sisters Jordan and Cana Peek won the women’s race in a time of 3:12:32. Bridgitte Hartley and Christie Mackenzie came in second after 3:17:38.67, while Jenna Ward and Vanda Kiszli finished in 3:19:11.
“After our swim we didn’t need to tell each other that we had to work hard to make up that time. We just put our heads down and worked our way through the field,” said Jordan.
“We used the water to the best of our ability to conserve as much energy as we could and I had to make sure that my driving was on point to get us through.”
Tomorrow’s stage will cover 46km from Dusi Bridge to Msinsi Resort at Inanda Dam.
1. Hank McGregor, Andy Birkett 2:41:11
2. Siseko Ntondini, Sbonelo Khwela 2:43:07
3. Carl Folscher, Adrian Boros 2:43:08
4. Andrew Houston, Alan Houston 2:43:37
5. Ant Stott, Banetse Nkhoesa 2:44:42
6. Jacques Theron, Thulani Mbanjwa 2:48:10
7. Mthobisi Cele, Mpilo Zondi (U23) 2:48:24
8. Loveday Zondi, Thando Ngamlana 2:48:31
9. Richard Cele, Nhlanhlayakhe Cele 2:48:32
10. Mvelo Ngidi, Thabani Msiya (U23) 2:50:07
1. Jordan Peek, Cana Peek (U23) 3:12:32
2. Bridgitte Hartley, Christie Mackenzie 3:17:38
3. Jenna Ward, Vanda Kiszli 3:19:11
4. Susan Machpech, Kelly Howe 3:24:14
5. Caitlin Mackenzie, Amy Peckett (U18) 3:28:27
6. Cara Waud, Tracey Oellermann (U18) 3:28:39
7. Kyeta Purchase, Kerry Segal 3:32:38
8. Kate Birkett, Nicky Irvine 3:49:92
9. Holly Spencer, Daniela Afonso 4:14:07
10. Melissa van Rooyen, Lorna Oliver 4:19:09
1. Mthobisi Cele, Mpilo Zondi 2:48:24
2. Mvelo Ngidi, Thabani Msiya 2:50:07
3. Nqobile Makhanya, Siyanda Gwamanda 2:52:41
4. Jabulani Gwamanda, Nkosikhona Mabaso 3:02:22
5. Stewart Little, Khumbulani Nzimande 3:03:00
1. Jordan Peek, Cana Peek 3:12:32