Holidaying Ward hunts Drak Challenge podium

2016 runner-up Jenna Ward will be hoping that two weeks in Thailand shortly before the 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon will help more than hinder her performance at the two day contest that takes place on the uMzimkhulu River in the Southern Drakensberg on 21 and 22 January. While Ward’s Euro Steel team mate


Jenkins wildcard for Drak

When the field set off for the start of the KZN Mixed Doubles champs on the uMzimkhulu River on Sunday there were a few raised eyebrows, as triple N3TC Drak Challenge champion, Len Jenkins arrived at the start venue of Swartberg Road bridge. The Durban based racer had completed the 26 kilometre trip through the


Drak marshalls brush up river rescue skills

With the N3TC Drak Challenge just weeks away, and the influx of holiday makers leading to a significant increase on recreational users of the uMzimkhulu River, the local marshalls club has completed a river rescue refresher course to enable them to best deal with any crisis that might emerge. The N3TC Drak Challenge is ably


Abby Solms set to become ultimate Drak champ

Pietermaritzburg ace paddler Abby Solms will become the most successful paddler of all time at the competitive and popular N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on 21 and 22 January if she completes her seventh win in the women’s race in 2017. The 27 year old Team Euro Steel star has five back-to-back wins in the


River stars planning Underberg training sojourn

  Despite some destructive storms, many of the dams and rivers in KwaZulu-Natal are still desperately low as the region struggles with the aftermath of the La Niña drought, forcing many canoeists to look to the mountain waters of the Mzimkhulu for their training for the upcoming N3TC Drak Challenge and the FNB Dusi Canoe


Drak race base moves and expands

The organisers of the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon in Underberg on 21 and 22 January have shifted the race headquarters from the Underberg School to the Underberg Country Club on the outskirts of the town to offer more space and new opportunities to participants of the popular event. “We are continually looking at ways


Birkett back for 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge

Triple N3TC Drak Challenge defending champion Andy Birkett has vowed to be back on the start line aiming to complete a fourth win in a row at the popular and highly competitive 72km two-day Southern Drakensberg-based race on 21 and 22 January. The Pietermaritzburg-based Euro Steel star is working his way back to top form


Stage is set for the 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge

Entries have opened for the 24th edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on the Mzimkhulu River in the Southern Drakensberg on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017, with the popular 72km outing poised to kick start the KZN summer canoeing season already stifled by the ongoing drought. The race is now well