World Marathon Champs time again

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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.

Graeme, Niks and me

Graeme, Niks and me

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.

Rome 2012

Rome 2012

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,

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The Curse of the Wooden Medal

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Marathon Racing is taking a lot of flack right now, with the ICF releasing new rules and a 30 second penalty box similar to water-polo for paddling offenses. It’s been interesting to read the discussion on the FaceBook page where some of the sports greats are debating the rules.

For me personally, nothing beats racing my surfski, that being said, marathons are a great way to stay fit and the racing is intense!

Over the past few years I have had some success racing the World Championships, with a bronze medal at my first ever Worlds in Gyor, Hungary in the WK2 with Nikki Mocke.

Racing to a bronze medal in 2007

Racing to a bronze medal in 2007

After that I stayed away from marathons until Portugal in 2009 which was a hard race, top 10 in the K1, and a DNF in the K2. The following year began my “Wooden Medal” curse.

After a terrible start in the K1 race, I managed to catch up and race a fantastic 26km, until the last portage and a small hiccup, leading to being out sprinted for the bronze. The first of my “Wooden” medals.

Banyoles 2010

Banyoles 2010

The following day Bridgitte Hartley and I hopped in a double, and once again, got out sprinted for the bronze, #2 of my “wooden gongs”.

2011 saw me injured and miss the Worlds in Singapore. The following year in Rome, saw my 3rd “wooden” medal in the K2 with Robyn Kime. Not out sprinted this time, a nasty penultimate portage saw us lose the bunch and therefore be out of contention.

Rome 2012

Rome 2012

This year see the World Marathon Champs (new rules and all) being raced in Copenhagen. I am in the K2 with Bridgitte Hartley again. Lets see if we can turn my curse around! Here is the link to the website: Click me

However, first up is the FIRST EVER OFFICIAL WORLD SURFSKI CHAMPS in Portugal in 4.5 weeks time! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. A huge step forward for the sport of SurfSki, and a pretty cool event to be a part of! I can’t wait!

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