River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
Triple champ Jacques Theron itching to race the Berg again
Paarl – Hat-trick champion Jacques Theron joined the impressive
list of former winners to enter the Berg River canoe marathon
from 5 to 8 August, saying he had to be part of the 60th
The 44 year old accountant from Howick in KwaZulu-Natal will be
starting his thirteenth Berg, looking forward to a unique
on-the-water reunion with many of the elite stars that dominated
the race in previous years.
"What a race that is going to be!" enthused Theron. "That front
bunch will be so fast, so I hope I am good enough for the second
"That chasing bunch will have some amazing characters I think. I
want Robbie Herreveld's wave. There could be fast young guys
like Alex Masina, good paddlers like Ernest van Riet, Heinrich
Schloms, Wayne Jacobs and Gert van Deventer. Watch Jasper Mocké
if he isn't on the front bunch.
"Add in Morné Vorster and I still have a feeling that Graeme
Solomon will be there as well, and if that is the case I want to
hook his wave. It is so big and consistent. What a race!
"And I still think Hank (McGregor) will be there," he added.
Theron was inspired to make a Berg comeback during last year's
hard lockdown that forced the cancellation of the 2020 Berg.
"That Ultra Paddle was a fantastic initiative and really
inspired me to be part of the 60th anniversary Berg," said
As a veteran of the race he understands the demands of the 240
kilometres and four days of paddling.
"Look, no matter how much work you have done, the Berg is
hardcore. It is tough, but as we see every year it is
achievable. It is a realistic goal.
Theron has become fascinated with the tactics needed for a
successful Berg campaign, with it's ultra distance demands, and
a mixture of elapsed time starts and batch starts.
"The Dusi has become a time trial but the Berg is all about
strategy," he said
Theron surprised many locals when he turned up in the Swartland
for a recent one-day pre-Berg race, making his intentions clear
for the main event in July.
"I an really fired up and motivated this year to get back on the
Berg," he added.
"Getting onto that podium will be very very tough, but maybe
there is a top five possible," he said.
Paddlers to have won the Berg Marathon three times in succession
Jannie Malherbe 1963-65
Robbie Herreveld 1991-96
Michael Cheeseman 1997-1999
Jacques Theron 2002-2004
Hank McGregor 2005-2012
Ritzie Heyns 1980-1983
Marinda Hartzenberg 1983-1989
Jean Wilson 1992-1994
Alexa Cole 2001-2003
Abbey Ulansky 2006-2008
Bianca Beavitt 2015-2017
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One of only five male
hat-trick winners in the 59 year history of the race, Jacques
Theron is itching to race the 2021 Berg River Canoe
Marathon from 5 to 8 August.
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