Classy Solms and McGregor power to Hansa Fish titles
The 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon concluded at the Cradock Sports Complex on Saturday with a strong sense of déjà vu as a powerful end sprint saw Hank McGregor claim a record equalling seventh title from Andy Birkett whilst Abby Solms powered her way to victory in the women’s race.
McGregor & Solms claim hard-fought 2016 Hansa Fish opening stage wins
Nail-biting action at the sharp end of both the men’s and women’s race during Friday’s opening stage of the 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon from Grassridge Dam to just below Knutsford Bridge saw defending champions Hank McGregor and Abby Solms claim the day’s spoils and bank invaluable advantages over their chasers in the race for this year’s South African K1 River Marathon Championships.
Richly talented field descends on Cradock for 2016 Hansa Fish
A star studded field is ready to battle it out for the men’s and women’s spoils at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon and the year’s South African K1 River Marathon Championship titles when the red-hot action from the 82km, two-day Eastern Cape event from Grassridge Dam to Cradock Sports Complex takes place on Friday and Saturday.
Lots at stake for local paddlers at Hansa Fish
The final run in to the 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon is a frantic one as the over one thousand paddlers prepare for the journey to Cradock in twenty-four hours however despite the foreign influx, there are a number of locals in and around the small Karoo town that will be waiting patiently to get on the river and slug it out for the hometown prizes at this year’s race on Friday and Saturday.
Many eyeing out milestones at Hansa Fish 2016
As hundreds of paddlers complete their final pack before they descend upon the small Karoo town of Cradock, there will be added incentive for a small portion of the field eyeing a variety of milestones at the two-day adrenalin-filled encounter starting at Grassridge Dam and ending at the Cradock Sports Fields on 7 and 8 October.
Laid back Birkett taking Hansa Fish challenge in his stride
Despite his narrow loss in the 2014 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon to world champ Hank McGregor there is no revenge in the eyes of 2015 K2 champion Andy Birkett who has been taking some time off following a busy overseas marathon campaign in the build up to the 2016 edition from 7-8 October.
Confident McGregor prepares for Hansa Fish charge
Eight-time World Champion Hank McGregor returns to this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October brimming with confidence after his double gold medal haul at the recent Canoe Marathon World Championships in Germany.
Olympian Bird returns to Hansa Fish
Six years and two Olympic Games appearances have come and gone since former KwaZulu-Natal Midlands schoolboy Steve Bird last took part in the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon and along with paddling partner Jesse Phillips and Pete McBain the trio will hop into an all Australian K3 for the two-day journey on 7 and 8 October.
Sella champs jets in for Hansa Fish
The 35th edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October has been spiced up by the addition of Spanish marathon ace and reigning Sella Descent champion Kiko Vega to the already stellar start list.
Hansa Fish continues long running family affair
The Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon has forever been a race that has drawn entire families to the small Karoo town of Cradock and with plethora’s of K2s and K3s ready to hit the waters of the Fish River for the two-day adventure from 7-8 October this year many more love-affairs with this iconic race will begin.
Pre-Fish a scouting success
Paddlers from around the country converged on Cradock this past weekend as the arrival of the annual water release from Grassridge Dam coincided with the popular Pre-Fish two day race that officials starts the fortnight of fun that leads to the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October.
Hartley seeks to sharpen her river skills at Pre-Fish
This weekend’s Pre-Fish canoe race will give sprint sensation Bridgitte Hartley vital K1 river marathon experience ahead of her challenge for a podium place at the 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October.
Worlds silver boosts Ward ahead of 2016 Hansa Fish
Freshly back in South Africa and buoyed by her K2 Women’s silver medal feat at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, Jenna Ward is eager to take that confidence into the 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October and clinch another women’s podium place.
Evergreen Mbanjwa back for 2016 Hansa Fish
South African paddling icon Thulani Mbanjwa hopes to overcome an untimely injury to push for yet another top 10 finish at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon which takes place from Grassridge Dam to Cradock Sports Complex on 7 and 8 October.
Provincial bragging rights up for grabs at Hansa Fish 2016
The 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon will double as the South African K1 River Marathon Championships as well as the national provincial championship, adding to the prestige of the 35th edition of the coveted two-day showdown that concludes at the Cradock Sports Complex on Saturday, 8 October.
USSA Champs add unique element to Hansa Fish
As the hundreds of paddlers head into their final preparations for the 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon the members of the Stellenbosch Canoe Club are planning their annual pilgrimage to the small Karoo town in a bid to re-claim the inter-varsity crown they won in 2015 when the race takes place from 7-8 October.
Solms not fishing for records
Four-time Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon champion Abby Solms will become the most decorated female competitor in the history of the prominent Eastern Cape event should she successfully defend her crown when this year’s race takes place in Cradock on 7 and 8 October.
Dusi’s Khwela hunts maiden K1 Fish Top 10 finish
As entries pour in for the ever-popular Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon ahead of the looming normal entry deadline, some of the nation’s best paddlers – including the likes of 2014 Dusi winner, Sbonelo Khwela – have signed themselves up for the two-day Eastern Cape assignment from 7 to 8 October.
Local Louw braces for tough 2016 Hansa Fish
K2 defending champion and hometown hero, Greg Louw is preparing for another grueling two days of racing between Grassridge Dam and Cradock Sports Complex at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October.
Desmond and the Tutus to liven up Hansa Fish 2016
With just over a month to go until hundreds of party-hungry paddlers and locals descend on the Karoo town of Cradock, the event organiser have pulled out all the stops as off-the-wall rock band Desmond and the Tutus join 2015 Fish newbies Rubber Duc in entertaining the crowds from the Hansa Gig Rig on Saturday 8 October.
2016 Hansa Fish a couples affair for Gauteng novices
A Victoria Lake Canoe Club couples quintet is excitedly readying themselves – many for the first – for this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon which takes place in Cradock on 7 and 8 October.
HansaFest tidal wave heads for Cradock
HansaFest mania is set to descend upon Cradock this October as the 2016 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon temporarily turns the small Eastern Cape town into ‘Little Germany’.
New weir adds excitement to Hansa Fish
When the massive field descends on Cradock for the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 October, the paddlers will confront a brand new obstacle as the race committee continues on its mission to eliminate portages around the numerous big weirs that span the river.