Drak Challenge 2015

Drak Challenge 2015

The 2015 edition of the Drak Challenge was an exciting one, indeed. The water levels were touch and go but finally the decision was given to start at the normal day 1 start, at Castleburn! Great excitement for all but there was still a bit of concern lingering in the air as to whether there was indeed enough water to carry the paddlers downstream to the finish.

The frantic start set the pace for the rest of the race.  With Hank, Andy and Lance setting the pace from the beginning, they were first through Pines and then down to Toilet Bowl! Somewhere down between Restmount and Black Murray, things came unstuck for Hank causing him to lose some time on the other two. Andy managed to finish top, followed by Lance and then Hank in third. The Ladies race appeared more one sided with Abby Adie in complete control, although Laura O’Donoghue, appeared to have a bad start, blistered her way through the field to take second place, but a couple of minutes behind Abby.

Day two saw Andy extend his lead dramatically! It appears as though he found some steam and went out strong leaving the others in his wake. There was no holding him back and he finally took line honours with more than a 5 min lead. Lance managed to hold on to second place after Hank had some admin at Mkulu rapid (his bogey rapid from last year). here Grant vd Walt actually took third place from him but appears Hank had some gas in the tank and pipped him before the line. Abby held onto her lead to take her fifth Drak Challenge title.

Another great race on everyone’s favourite river! Clean water, great weather and beautiful countryside make this one of South Africa’s most scenic paddle.

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