Lo­cals ta­ke on Fish Ri­ver

The pair now plan on tackling the wor­ld-fa­mous Du­zi ma­ra­thon in Pie­ter­ma­ritz­burg, K­waZu­lu-Na­tal next y­e­ar in Fe­bru­a­ry.

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport -

Lo­cal fat­her-and-daug­h­ter te­am Ra­die and Chris­na Dip­pe­naar re­cent­ly com­ple­ted the highly dif­fi­cult Fish Ri­ver Ca­noe Ma­ra­thon o­ver 82km.

“The Fish”, as it is kno­wn, is a two-day ma­ra­thon. Ca­noei­sts ta­king part need to ful­fil the Ca­noeing SA re­qui­re­ments for com­pe­ten­cy and pro­fi­cien­cy to be a­ble to ta­ke part.

The ra­ce star­ted at Grass­rid­ge dam ne­ar Hof­meyr in the Eas­tern Ca­pe on F­ri­day 6 Oc­to­ber.

The first day en­ded 1km be­low the K­nuts­ford brid­ge. T­his was al­so the start of the se­cond day of ra­cing which en­ded 36km do­wn­stre­am at the sports com­plex in Cra­dock.

Ac­cor­ding to 56-y­e­ar-old Dip­pe­naar he and Chris­na, now 21, had to “shoot very dif­fi­cult weirs of up to 3m high” at ti­mes, with ma­ny pla­ces al­ong the ri­ver w­he­re it is pos­si­ble to bre­ak one’s bo­at, he said.

“Out of 600 en­tries on­ly 463 bo­ats fi­nis­hed the ra­ce,” said Dip­pe­naar, who com­ple­ted his 16th Fish Ri­ver Ca­noe Ma­ra­thon t­his y­e­ar.

“T­his was my 21st birt­hday pre­sent to Chris­na. I am very proud of her seeing that se­ven mont­hs ago she on­ly ma­na­ged 400m on our first trai­ning ses­si­on,” he said.

The pair now plan on tackling the wor­ld­fa­mous Du­zi ma­ra­thon in Pie­ter­ma­ritz­burg, K­waZu­lu-Na­tal next y­e­ar in Fe­bru­a­ry. –

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Ra­die and Chris­na Dip­pe­naar (21) du­ring the re­cent Fish Ri­ver Ca­noe Ma­ra­thon.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Fat­her and daug­h­ter Ra­die (56) and Chris­na Dip­pe­naar (21) spor­ting their me­dals af­ter com­ple­ting the Fish Ri­ver Ca­noe Ma­ra­thon.

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