EL’s canoe marathon couple, Andy and Nikki paddle to victory
East London's World Marathon Canoe Champion, Andy Birkett and wife Nikki took first and second place respectively at the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull Canoe Marathon on the Berg River, Western Cape this weekend.
Starting above Paarl and proceeding through the Swartland, the race was unique for a Berg River canoeing event as it included six Stand Up Paddleboarders as well as a solitary K3, in line with the new race's philosophy of challenging canoeing conventions.
Racing over three days with over night camp facilities, support and entertainment provided, Andy's closest competitor was Kenneth Rice followed by Stewart Little. Nikki won day three but it wasn't enough to beat Bianca Beavitt. Kim Gysen came third. Sourced from www.pushandpull.co.za