Seconding

The Marathon would not be possible without the co-operation and kindness of the irrigation farmers along the river. It is your duty as participants, seconds, spectators and canoeing enthusiasts to ensure that through your action and behaviour, this goodwill is maintained. It is imperative that the paddlers and PARTICULARLY their seconds adhere to the rules stipulated by the landowners as this will ensure a trouble free arrangement and long standing access to Keith’s. Please respect the farmers and the marathon committee by co-operating with these requests. The inconsiderate behaviour of canoeists/seconds in previous years has resulted in many unpleasant confrontations.

FIRST DAY BY ROAD:
FOLLOW THE YELLOW AND BLACK ROAD SIGNS ALONG THE ROUTE.

The race starts at the East bank of Grassridge Dam (1) at 07:00. Allow 1½ hours for travelling, preparation and checking in. Access to Double Trouble (3) will be clearly marked on the road to Toastrack.  To get to Double Trouble (3) or Toastrack Bridge (4) in time, seconds should leave straight after the start. Please note that the road is on private property and is a ONE WAY road to Toastrack (4) and Keith’s Flyover (5) crossing over Keith’s Bridge and following the left bank of the river, exiting at Soutpans Bridge. This road has speed bumps and is accessible to BAKKIES and 4×4’s ONLY – NO TRAILERS.   PLEASE USE DESIGNATED PARKING AND DO NOT PARK ON OR NEXT TO THE BRIDGE.  This road will only be open on THURSDAY between 10:00 &16:30 and on FRIDAY during the event.

Permission was granted on the proviso that people using the road would adhere to the following conditions:

  1. ONLY ONE WAY TRAFFIC IS ALLOWED – ONCE YOU GO TO TOASTRACK, YOU       MUST CARRY ON TO SOUTPANS BRIDGE.
  2. Spectators at Double Trouble are NOT TO GO beyond the hazard tape and are to respect the property of the farmer.
  3. NO VEHICLES MAY STOP ON BRIDGES. 4. NO SPECTATORS TO STAND ON KEITH’S BRIDGE AND VEHICLES MAY NOT STOP ON THE BRIDGE. Canoeists portaging Keith’s will be crossing the flow of traffic at the bridge.
  4. NO SPECTATORS TO STAND ON KEITH’S BRIDGE AND VEHICLES MAY NOT STOP ON THE BRIDGE. Canoeists portaging Keith’s will be crossing the flow of traffic at the bridge.
  5. DO NOT LITTER & DO NOT DRIVE OVER THE VELD, ANYONE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE WILL BE HELD LIABLE.
  6. USE OF ROAD IS AT YOUR OWN RISK, THE FARMERS & MARATHON COMMITTEE & SPONSORS HAVE TOTAL INDEMNITY FROM ANY CLAIMS.
  7. SHOULD THERE BE HEAVY RAIN, THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED.

The continued use of this road is dependent on adherence to the above conditions.

At Soutpans Bridge (10) there is an exciting series of rapids. The leading boats should be there about 1hour & 45 minutes after the start. NO PARKING IS ALLOWED ON THE MAIN ROAD WITHIN 50m of Soutpans Bridge. Please park in the designated Parking Area. Spectators are NOT to crowd Soutpans Bridge as this is a safety hazard. If requested by officials to move, please do so.  Continue by following the signs to Katkop Weir (11), but please don’t park where the paddlers portage. Glen Alpha (12) is next and then the Finish (13) – 1 km below Knutsford Bridge where refreshments and food can be bought.  The road running parallel to the railway track at the end of Day 1 is a One Way road going south!

NB: Please follow the arrows to the designated parking area at the KNUTSFORD FINISH. You will be directed to parking at the main entrance gate.SecondingDayOne

SECOND DAY BY ROAD:

FOLLOW THE YELLOW AND BLACK ROAD SIGNS ALONG THE ROUTE.

The race starts at 07:00. Allow 1¼ hours for travelling, preparation and checking in.

After the start at Knutsford, seconds must take the ONE WAY road next to the railway line to Baroda Chute (14),  Reveille Bridge (15) or Baroda Bridge (16).  Baroda Chute and Reveille Bridge are close to the start, so if going there, leave well before the start.  Baroda Chute is a new addition to the race and promises excellent viewing for spectators.

To get to Longacre Bridge, cross over the Baroda Bridge and follow the signs.  Longacre Bridge (17) offers a great vantage point with an elevated view up and downstream.  From Longacre Bridge proceed to Gauging Weir (18) on the farm Waaikraal. PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS AND DON’T PARK ON THE LUCERNE! Continue in the direction of Cradock and follow the signs for Marlow Chute (20). Follow the Hofmeyr tar road towards Cradock to get to Cradock Weir (21). The speed limit on the tar road is 60km/h. The bridge at Cradock Weir will be closed to traffic, but is a good vantage point for spectators. Ensure that you park well off the tar road. Continue with the main road into Cradock to the Finish at the Sports Complex.

Entry fee for non paddlers at the Sport Complex:
Gate Fees during the day: Free
Friday Night from 18:00 : R60 per Adult & R30 per child
Saturday Night from 18:00 : R60 per Adult & R30 per child

PLEASE DO NOT pay the entry fee for vagrants, this creates a security problem.

KEEP VEHICLES LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES IN TENTS AND VEHICLES AS THIS CREATES UNNECESSARY TEMPTATION FOR THEFT.SecondingDayTwo

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