GAUTENG PADDLERS AT THE FNB DUSI 2018…. 15 – 19 FEBRUARY 2018
Well done to the Gauteng paddlers who completed the tough and exciting FNB Dusi 2018 endurance marathon event from 15 – 19 February 2018 – 120km tough terrain, wild water rapids and awesome fun with lots of adventures – we look forward to the war stories!!
Starting with the only Gauteng Ladies to take on the challenge – congratulations to Holly Spencer and Daniela Afonso who finished as 10th ladies double, in overall time of 12:46 over the 3 days, as the 158th K2….!!!
Well done also to Sonja Bohnsack, a Master age category lady, who partnered with KZN’s Merrill King, finishing in 4:09 over the 3 days as 231 st K2, and as 14th Female double…..
The total number of finishers at this year’s DUSI race was 75 K1’s, and 423 K2’s, as well as 2 x K3….!
With 26 Female boat finishers!!! an achievement of toughness ladies!!
Congratulations to Siseko Ntondini (SOW) partnered with Sbonelo Khwela (UMZ/KZN) who finished 3rd podium position at the 2018 FNB Dusi after all the trials and drama’s….fantastic achievement……we are very proud to have a podium top 3 position for Gauteng! Total time – 8h13…..the winning time (Hank McGregor/Andy Birkett was 8:12:22 so they were not far off but in this tight game, seconds count!)
Loveday Zondi and Thando Ngamlana (SOW) were the next Gautengers to cross the finish line (just after former Gautengers Jacques Theron and Thulani Mbanjwa as it would be!) – in 8:35, as the 6th K2 !!
Richard Cele (VIC) and his partner Nhlanhlayakhe Cele (LEM/KZN) were the third paddlers to cross the finish line with a Gautenger in the boat, finishing in 8:43, as the 9th K2.
Zonele Nzuza and Piers Cruickshanks (SOW/DABS) finished up as the 4th Gauteng achievers, in 13th position in a time of 8:58.
Well done to Phineas Zulu – who partnered with Xolile Kondile (KZN) and finished in 9:31 – 26th K2 and after the tussle and jostling of positions it was Alistair Jackson with Robert Crichton (DABS) who were the next Gauteng colours across the line, in 9:35, as 29th K2, while Alex Roberts and Shaun Maphanga (Dabs/FLO) to take the 2nd Sub Veteran podium position, in a time of 9:41, as 32nd K2…..while some 12 seconds later the first VETERAN team and podium position brought in Mark Garden and Kelvin Byres in 9:41!! Congratulations – another 2 podiums for Gauteng!
Congratulations to Nkosi Mzolo – partnered with Thembinkosi Ngcobo (KZN) in 9:53 as 40th K2 and also for Skhumbuzo Maphumulo – KZN with Tom Ngcobo – 9:48 – K2 46.
Such an excellent result from the SCARC paddlers!
Among the top 100 Gauteng finishers at the race, the next finishers were Sowetans Simnikiwe Ntondini and Chazani Gumede K244, in 9:56…. Raymond Rorich and Michael Kirkby (CEN) were next as 3rd Sub Veteran Podium position, in 10:14, K2 51 ! We also had a Gautenger on the podium for 3rd Sub Master, – Andrew Hall (DABS) with KZN partner Paul Hatfield finished in 10:20, as K2 53.
Andrew and Stuart Fraser – JCC brothers, finished as 57th K2, in 10:27, and our Under 18 boys from Soweto, Zanenhlanhla Mbala and Wongama Makhasi also successfully completed the event in the top 100, as 8th Under 18 K2 67, in a time of 10:41.
Michael-John Robb and Ian Stephen Wilson (Dabs) were next for the red colours on the far side of the Vaal, finishing in 10:49, as K2 78, with Tommy Booth and Pieter Engenbrecht finishing in 11:03, as K2 80 (SV 7), and our first K1 finisher – Andrew Cairns (Dabs) as 3rd K1 finisher, in 11:12 (V5).
Roger Stubbs / Collen Gibbs (Dabs) finished in 11:27, K2 90, (V6) and the 1st Masters were Troy Clark (Dabs) partnered with KZN’s Graham Jewitt as k2 93, in 11:32.
Douglas Jewson and Gavin Payne (Dabs/ERK) were SV 11, in 11:35, as K2 96.
Its an absolute pleasure to note that Robert Levick and Justin May (DABS) made it into the Top 100 after the 3rd day, finishing as K2 99, in 11:35, with Lona Magadla and Sibusiso Chwayi just behind them in the final results after Day 3 (SOW) – K2 100 Under 23 16…and with only seconds after that, we have to mention the K2 101 finishers, in 11:41, Sowetan team of Mkhonzeni Gumede and Sinenhlanhla Ludidi!!
And there was also another top finish – K3 number 1 – Steven Taback / VLC with 2 KZN partners finished in 15:13 – that must have been tough!!
Well – its done and dusted now! drought and all….. well done to all finishers and enjoy the rest and the sense of achievement – you’ve finished and proven you’re tough!! Great stuff……
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