Eric caught a bus to Gauteng to join Michael Mbanjwa in the 2 Day Klip River race. They blitzed the main portage, to put back into the River first. It was only the class crew of Jacque Theron & Piers Cruikshanks that managed to close the gap and then capitalise on an error their opponents made later on.

Eric has had a fantastic year, finishing 9th – Dusi,  2nd – K2 Non Stop,  1st – 88km Dusi Trail Run,  2nd Triple Challenge.




Rain but not rain….

A dense carpet of cloud has and continues to hover over the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the sun has taken early leave and the result is a measly dampness in the air. The noisy storm last night was all bark but no bite. The ‘Change a life’ boys are on standby, super keen to test their new K2 combinations on the River, however we need real rain to make a river trip worthwhile.      

The hopeful paddle around Burma seems unlikely, so 50 Miler looks to be the same as last year, which still makes for exciting paddling.

Day 1 – Mission, around Fingernek & Cabbage Tree, past first Saddle takeout, infamous Bells Rapid, Second Saddle’s Portage, Confluence Rapids, finishing below Marianney-Foley Bridge.

Day 2 – Inanda Dam to Durban (Day 3 of Dusi). Compulsory to paddle around Burma Hill. Initially it was going to be last years Day2 of 50-Miler because Inanda Dam is not spilling over, However, Umngeni have guaranteed 1mil cumecs release between now and Dusi. 

The Valley Boys have put Triple Challenge behind them, and are back on track for Dusi. Having had an easier week, the sessions have upped a notch or two or three. I sometimes wonder if they train just so they can have the  ‘Milkshake’ after. The absolute joy and pure satisfaction they still get from its consumption has not decreased one bit.  

Big Question – are Len & Hank doing Dusi.

Other crews with podium potential:

Jason Graham (Toothpick) & Andrew Birkett– allrounders

Craig Turton & Miles Rasmusen– strong runners, will their paddling be good enough?

Piers Cruikshanks & Jacques Theron- strong paddlers, medium runners.

News is that the 2011 Dusi will be at the end of February and the Drak Challenge will be in December.



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