Berg River Canoe Marathon Media Release

 No: Berg2119

29 July 2021

    Embargo : None

Written By : Dave Macleod


Gauteng women lodge K2 entry for Berg River Canoe Marathon


Paarl - With the organisers expanding the Berg River Canoe Marathon entries to K2 paddlers, Gauteng paddlers Cally Henderson and Karen Field have entered the 240km race from Paarl to Velddrif from 5 to 8 August with a clear view to using that experience to target completing the race in singles in the future.

64 year old Henderson and 44 year old Field were excited to learn that the Berg organisers were happy to allow K2s to enter and start in a later batch on each day.

“This is part of a bigger picture and Karen’s plans to do the Berg in a K1 next year,” said Henderson.

“I did my one and only Berg in 2008, which was a fortunate year to choose as the river was in flood that year!”

Clubmates at Dabulamanzi in Gauteng, they set their sights on Field’s medium term plans for a K1 Berg in 2022 a month ago and agreed that the experienced Henderson would steer their K2 as the first serious building block in her plans for tackling the race on her own next year.

“I see this as a great way to help out a friend and make a contribution at the end of my paddling career,” said Henderson.

The K2 entry may well prompt more entries from doubles combinations as the entry for the Berg closes on the Wednesday evening before the race. Race director Brandon Macleod says the K2 entry was fully aligned with their broader philosophy of making the Berg more accessible.

“Every paddler recognises that completing the Berg in a single is one of the sport’s ultimate challenges,” said Macleod. “Our decision to open up the entry to doubles was intended to make the race more accessible and build the base of paddlers capable of doing the Berg in singles.”

He added that the early editions of the Berg had allowed doubles to complete and archive records showed daily results for both singles and doubles.

This weekend the final race on the Berg river before the 60th anniversary Berg Marathon is designated as a K2 race from Paarl to Skooltjie, covering the first half of the first stage of the four day race.

In the past the dense tree blocks on the upper reaches of the river have it very difficult to navigate the longer K2 craft.

The paddle will be particularly significant for Field as she is dedicating the challenge of completing the Berg for the first time to her 6 year-old son Campbell who passed away suddenly two months ago.

More information can be found at www.berg.org.za

Social media : #Berg2021 #60thBerg

Photo
(click to download
hi-res pic)
Caption Photographer Click HERE to download  hi-res pic
Berg River Canoe Marathon logo - square on white - JPeg  
Berg River Canoe Marathon logo - square on transparent background - PNG  
Gauteng paddlers Kelly Field (left) and Cally Henderson will take on the Berg River Canoe Marathon from 5 to 8 August in a K2. Supplied/
Gameplan Media
A newspaper clipping from the 1965 Berg Marathon showing one of the K2 crews racing. Berg Archives
A newspaper clipping from the 1965 Berg Marathon showing the Slabbert brothers in their K2. Berg Archives
A newspaper clipping from the 1966 Berg Marathon showing two K2 crews in action . Berg Archives
A newspaper clipping from the 1966 Berg Marathon showing the K2 results alongside the K1 results. Berg Archives
Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017