The 2013 Marathon World Championships will take place on Lake Bagsvaerd, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
It’s my first trip to the country and I am super excited! It looks amazing, and I am sure the Danish will put on a really great show.
There will be live streaming, and if you want to find out more about the event, click on the event logo above or here.
I will be racing only the K2 event for a change, which should be a welcome relief of less time spent above 160 beats per minute:)
We race at 0930 on Sunday morning (the 22nd September). I am racing with Bridgitte Hartley, we last raced together in 2010, where we were outsprinted for the bronze.
I have a real love-hate relationship with marathon canoeing. Personally, the longer the better, and 50km sounds way more enticing!
My first ever World Championships were on a flooding course in Gyor (Hungary) in 2007, where I raced with Nikki Mocke. We had a great race, and ended up with the bronze medal.
I had a break from marathon over the Olympic year, and then an unsuccessful 2009, but returned in 2010 to get 2 very close 4th places. In the K1, I got outsprinted for the bronze, finishing 4th, and about 36″ behind gold, resulting in South Africa’s best ever K1 Women’s result, but still very disappointing to me. The following day, Bridgitte and I got outsprinted again, taking another 4th place.
I missed 2011 due to my wrist injury, and came back for the now infamous Rome race course. I had an OK K1 race, and then paired up with Robyn Kime to take another 4th place in the WK2.
After being based in the US this past month, I am excited to connect with my 80-strong South African team. We have some exciting prospects as usual. In the Men’s K1, we have 2011 World Champ Hank MacGregor and U23 World Champ, Grant van der Walt. In the Men’s K2, we have 2 new combinations in Sean Rice & Shaun Rubenstein, and Cam Schoeman & Andy Birkett. In the women’s K2, Alexa Cole and talented Surf Life Saver Eloise Horn pair up again.
Here’s wishing everyone a great race!
See you in Copenhagen.
Bye for now,