This race is a great gauge as to where you are with your Dusi fitness. Sure you can hide by paddling around ‘Hole in the Wall’. But then ‘Guinea Fowl One’ sends your heart rate through the roof, and if that’s not enough then coming out of ‘Devils Cauldron’ surely will. ‘Fingerneck’ portage is a hop & a skip, a perfect place to get the necessary from your seconds, especially if you plan paddling around Cabbage Tree.



The race started with ¾’s of A batch galloping across the bridge to run the 2km ‘Hole in the Wall’. Amongst them was Nhlanhla who was in for a surprise when he was to put in to paddle as he had grabbed Tom’s boat by mistake. The ‘change a life’ boats all look the same except the guys have their names on the side. Shaun Rubinstein (sprained his ankle on Saddles portage whilst tripping yesterday), Deon Bruss and Nic Stubbs were the top guns that started on the water. Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa were absent. Ant sticking to his winning training formula from last year and Bungi having gone to Jhb to fulfill sponsor obligations.


Leading the pack out of Devil’s Cauldron was Andrew Birkett, followed by Shane Price, and ‘change a life’ athlete Lucas Mthalane. Nkosi caught up three places on the run down Geoff’s Road to put in fourth.














The Dusi was running at a very comfortable 10 cumecs, not as high as a ‘normal’ Dusi, but a perfect level to fine tune the skills and make it an honest 28km day. Birkett extended his lead to two minutes at Mission rapid. It was here that Shane Price made a meal of the bottom drop and had to swiftly evacuate his boat which washed across the river. Split timing saw Nkosi paddle past, as Shane moved his boat out the way. Richard Cele came storming through the field like a runaway train in the second half of the race.

Having no ‘bottle system’, his tank was empty so when I topped him up with CytoPower at Fingerneck and then Cabbage Tree, his body became supercharged.








It was quite something seconding my guys. I felt extremely proud of how well they were doing. Knowing they were giving it their all. Having been there, I could respect their efforts trying to run over Cabbage Tree. So when any of them come short through breaking their canoe, twisting an ankle etc… I really feel for the individual. Such was the case re. Nhlanhla (20th in 50 Miler). He ‘semi dislocated’ his shoulder badly enough that he couldn’t continue paddling, this happened just before the Guinea Fowl takeout. Hope it’s not too serious.


The performance of the day must go to Eric Zondi. I never gave him any support along the way as he started too far behind, in G batch. However he finished an incredible 8th overall.


Birkett maintained his lead to claim line hours. Nkosi closed the gap to finish 1min 44sec behind in second place, with Lucas in third.

Abbey Miedema finished 19th, with Abie Adie almost 12 min behind in 45th position. Robyn Kime called it a day at Mission, feeling tired from a hard weeks training. With his impeccable river knowledge, the Pope raced to finish in an incredible 42nd position. Rubi cruised across the line 81st, not wanting to miss an opportunity of good water in the river, instead of sitting out and resting the ankle.


‘Change a Life’ Results:


2 – Nkosi    (1st under 21)

3 – Lucas

6 – Richard  (2nd under 21)

8 – Eric        (3rd under 21)

15 –John

17 – Tom

30 – Kwanda

36 – Mmeli   (1st under 16)

57 – Mzamo  (2nd under 16)



Thomas – sprained ankle in training

Zonele   - feeling off

Nhlanhla – injured during race

 Aah, Cabbage Tree – to run or to paddle? Now that is the question. For sure it is quicker if you can run.

Consider the following for the not so confident runner….

  • Run Pine Tree portage, put in at Campbells Bridge so you paddle ‘Hole in the Wall’.
  • Run Guinea Fowl (because you have to)
  • Run Finger Neck (because you have to)
  • Then have option of running or paddling Cabbage Tree, see how you feeling.

If you run ‘Hole in the Wall’ at the end of the Campbells portage, it could take too much out of you too soon in the race. I suggest rather save yourself for the option of Cabbage Tree near the end of the race.

 Dash & Crash Results

K1: 1st Michael Mbanjwa, 2nd Nick Stubbs, 3rd Mark Mulder

K2: 1st Michael Arthur/Nick Stubbs, 2nd Andrew Birkitt/ Nhlanhla Cele, 3rd Gavin Tarr/Jason Graham

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Dafür würde ein 1er-abi wieder eine entsprechende aussagekraft besitzen

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