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Etienne braves the Chilli Bite River Race

EMMARENTIA – Dabulamanzi Canoe Club member Etienne Rawlinson finishes in a great time.

Dabulamanzi Canoe Club member Etienne Rawlinson took on the Chilli Bite River Race at the Victoria Lake Canoe (VLC) Club on 14 June.

The VLC Chilli Bite River Race is 40km long. It consists of a training and seeding race for the Berg River marathon which is the longest canoe race in South Africa.

Rawlinson from Dabulamanzi Canoe Club which is based in Emmarentia, enjoyed the 38km river race. “The water is absolutely freezing and your body doesn’t recover until after the race,” Rawlinson said. He finished the race in 03:32:00. “This is the ideal training race leading up to the challenge at the Berg River,” he added.

Rawlinson is one of many Gauteng residents who will stream down to the mountainous valleys of the Western Cape in mid July to take on the

four-day, 220km Berg River Canoe Marathon Challenge.

“This is one of the toughest and the longest canoe races in South Africa. The distances of the race are longer than 40kms for any one day with a maximum distance of 75km on the third day – a gruelling challenge faced with the wind and cold between Paarl and Velddrif,” said spokesperson for Gauteng Canoe Union, Jennie Dallas.

“To all aspiring sportsmen who are interested in the sport. Canoeing takes you to places all over the country and the world. It is more than just a sport, it’s a serious adventure,” concluded Rawlinson.

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