News 2014

McGregor and Adie smile a golden Fish smile
Two new names will be engraved on the Hansa Fish River Canoe marathon winner’s trophies as Hank McGregor and Abby Adie claimed memorable victories in the hotly contested men’s and women’s 2014 clashes respectively on Saturday while Nic Burden, Adam Nisbet and Jean-Luc Mauvis were crowned 2014 SA K3 River Marathon champions.

Magical McGregor holds Fish 2014 cards after first stage
On a day where the top paddlers felt the effects of a slightly fuller river, the class of Hank McGregor shone through as the five-time Canoe Marathon World Champion won the first stage of the 2014 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon and holds a slender 54 second lead over Andy Birkett while Abby Adie and Michele Eray will fight it out for the women’s title on Saturday’s second stage.

All roads lead to Cradock ahead of 2014 Hansa Fish
The 33rd staging of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon gets underway in Cradock on Friday and the small Eastern Cape town is ready for yet another bumper weekend of action both on and off the water.

Former Boks tackle Hansa Fish for charity
Two of South African rugby’s former hard-men, Tiaan Strauss and Corné Krige, will be paddling the 2014 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon for the Corné Krige Children’s Charity that helps underprivileged school children in the Cradock area and both are looking forward to the two-day journey when the race gets underway at the Grassridge Dam on Friday.

Record K3 entry for 2014 Hansa Fish
The popular K3 race at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon has been given an added incentive in 2014 as it will also double up as the SA K3 River Marathon Championships and with this title on the line, the interest has led to the largest K3 field ever with just over 100 boats already confirmed for the race that starts at Grassridge Dam on Friday.

International stars to shine bright at 2014 Hansa Fish
A last minute international flavour has been added to the mix for this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon which takes place in Cradock this weekend with American slalom star Austin Kieffer and Australians James Morfitt and Brendan Rice having confirmed their participation in this year’s clash.

Mocké joins fellow World Champs at Fish
New world champion Jasper Mocké has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons with an eleventh hour Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon entry, taking the number of recently crowned Marathon World Champions set to take part in this year’s Eastern Cape spectacle to four.

Adie focused on first K1 Hansa Fish title
Having just returned the ICF Canoe Marathon World Champs, 2013 K2 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon champion Abby Adie has her sights firmly set on a debut visit to the top step of the women’s Hansa Fish K1 podium when the race finishes at the Cradock sports fields on Saturday 11 October.

Birkett adds fresh flavour to Fish mix

Former Under-23 Marathon World Champ Andy Birkett feels his new focus on marathon racing will help him to be competitive at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon that takes place in Cradock on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October.

Haw family battle lines drawn for Fish
With 1700 paddlers set to converge on Cradock for the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 10 and 11 October, few rivalries can match the intriguing race-within-a-race involving the infectiously enthusiastic Haw family.

Van der Walt to battle ‘the big boys’ for 2014 Fish crown
Former Junior and Under-23 Canoe Marathon World Champion Grant van der Walt feels he has an advantage over several of the elite stars going into this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock, Eastern Cape on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October, and is eager to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Fish Thursday night potjie not to be missed
Cloaked in mystery and guarded with a vigilance befitting a state secret the massive gathering of paddlers that will converge on Cradock for the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 10 and 11 October always ask, and never get an answer to questions about the legendary Karoo lamb potjiekos dinner served to the participants the evening before the race starts.

McGregor hungry to finally win Fish K1 title

Triple world champion Hank McGregor has his sights firmly set on winning the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon K1 title on 10 and 11 October, a title that has somehow managed to elude the most successful river paddler this country has ever produced.

Greg Louw eyes Cradock glory at Hansa Fish
Fresh from his victory in the Breede River Canoe Marathon on the weekend, Eastern Cape local Greg Louw is eyeing glory in his hometown major at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock on 10 and 11 October.

Eray dispels murmurs of Hansa Fish absence
The women’s title race of the 2014 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon received an exciting shake-up upon the recently confirmation that defending champ and former Eastern Cape local Michéle Eray will in fact be making the trip out from her new base in Oklahoma City, USA for the 33rd edition of the race which takes place on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October.

Fresh Hansa Fish conquerors wait in the wings
The 33rd edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon is poised to crown a new champion in both the men’s and women’s race in 2014 with both K1 defending champions unlikely to take to the start line on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October.

Mouth-watering music line-up for Hansa Fish 2014
The sleepy Karoo town of Cradock will be a hive of activity when the 2014 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon arrives in the second week of October and excitement levels have been ramped up even further with the recent announcement that world class South African acts Locnville (LCNVL), Shortstraw and Gangs of Ballet will be heading to Cradock and rocking the famous Hansa Gig Rig as this year’s Friday and Saturday night’s entertainment.

Timing respite for elite Hansa Fish paddlers
Elite paddlers aiming for success at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 10 and 11 October are breathing a sigh of relief as the shift in the calendar has given them an extra week tom recover from the World Marathon Championships in the USA.

Innovative short course to boost popular Hansa Fish
The popularity of the annual Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon looks set to grow exponentially with the innovative addition of a new “short course” option to the famous two-day race on 10 and 11 October.

Hansa Fish scoops SA K3
As entries opened for the 33rd edition of the popular Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in the Eastern Cape on 10 and 11 October, the race celebrated the announcement that it has been awarded the SA K3 Championships for 2014.

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