Endurance junkies enjoy a day out

Stand up paddlers Jason Bonthuys, Reg Scully and Joe Cloete enjoyed the challenging race

ENDURANCE stamina was the order of the day at the annual Shaka Challenge hosted by the Zululand Kayak Club in association with the Richards Bay Athletics Club and Zululand Cycling Club on Saturday.

The days proceedings kicked off with a 10km trail run, followed by a 10km stand up paddle race, 22km canoe race and unofficial 10km mountain bike ride.

Thulani Mdletshe won the 10km race after averaging a blistering speed of 3.03 minutes per kilometer.

Doubles canoe partners Sbonelo Khwela and Mpilo Zondi crossed the line in one hour 18 minutes and seven seconds to win the 22km canoe race.

Peter Shuttleworth finishes strong in the 10km mountain bike ride
PHOTOS: Richard Springorum


10km trail run

Men – 1 Thulani Mdletshe 33.03, 2 Tabanie Shoyisa 33.18.

Women – 1 Izelle Geyser 45.45, 2 Kate Brody 49.39.

10km walk

Men – 1 Alfie Muller 1.13.49.

Women – 1 Zeta Muller 1.18.41.

22km canoe race

Doubles – 1 Sbonelo Khwela and Mpilo Zondi 1.18.07, 2 Khumbulani Nzimande and Mthobisi Cele 1.18.28, 3 Thulani Mbanjwa and Banesti Nkhoesa 1.18.43.

Juniors – 1 Kwanda Mzolo and Mlungisi Hlongwane 1.28.07.

Veterans – 1 Craig Sparks and Mark Henderson 1.37.09.

Masters – 1 Stretch Struwig and Gordon Spalding 1.26.01.

Grand Masters – 1 Nigel Steven and Eddie Smith 1.31.48.

Singles – 1 Mike Stevens 1.30.58, 2 Lee Furby 1.33.00.

Mixed doubles – 1 Simone Scrase and Stephen Scrase 1.39.12 .

Alison Shuttleworth enjoyed the mountain bike route

10km MTB ride (unofficial)

1 Neil McMaster and 2 Sigurd Rudner.

• The Zululand Kayak Club will host the popular annual Mouth to Mouth Surfski Challenge on Saturday, 30 September.

Competitors will paddle from Pelican Island to Mtunzini beach, completing a distance of 40km.

Eight-time world marathon champion Hank McGregor and South African Lifeguard paddler Matt Bouwman will battle it out amongst the locals for the title.


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Richard Springorum
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