Birkett & Solms bask in Drak Challenge glory

Early Mist Farm – The record books of the N3TC Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB were re-written on Sunday as Andy Birkett recorded his sixth consecutive title while Abby Solms continued her dominance of the Southern Drakensberg classic by winning an unprecedented eighth Drak crown. The two races couldn’t have been more different with


Drama moulds Drak day one

The conclusion of day one of the N3TC Drak Challenge, in partnership with FNB, couldn’t have been more different for the men’s and women’s leader boards as Andy Birkett romped home while there is almost nothing separating the top five ladies, despite Jenna Ward taking line honours. On a truncated day due to the current


Low river adds drama to N3TC Drak Challenge showdown

A star-studded field laced with world champions will gather in the sleepy Southern Drakensberg town of Underberg this weekend for the 26th edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon in partnership with FNB, to take on an uMzimkhulu River that is running low, thanks to the ‘green drought’ gripping the region. Organisers are preparing


N3TC Drak Challenge by numbers

0 – the number of compulsory portages on the race 1 – the number of international winners of the race – Max Hoff (Germany) in 2007 3 – the number of weirs on the race 3 – the number of athletes to have done the Drak Hat Trick (won three consecutive titles) – Abby Solms,


Super Trouts set for Drak Challenge

As paddlers from every corner of the country prepare for their annual pilgrimage to Underberg for the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon in partnership with FNB, the race’s loyal supporters that start in the privileged Trout Batch are taking stock of the number of races they have completed, and looking to the new batch of


Drak victory on Mackenzie’s radar

A fifth in 2017 and a fourth in 2018 shows that young Christie Mackenzie is moving in the right direction at the N3TC Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB, and 2019 could see her push for much higher honours in the two-day race from 19 to 20 January. Euro Steel’s Mackenzie missed out on third


Young Turks sound warning shots at FastDrak

Stew Little signalled his intent to occupy a spot on the overall podium at the N3TC Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB on 19 and 20 January by winning the FastDrak on Sunday in tough, low river conditions. The Underberg-based Euro Steel athlete raced much of the 42km race on his own and powered away