Canoe Focus Winter 2017 - Page 72

72 73 Neil Blackman shares an account of his African adventure taking part in the Fish Marathon - an event which organisers would love to see more British paddlers taking part in! >> Canoe Marathon The Fish River marathon first took place in 1982 with 77 competitors but has now grown to be one of the most popular canoe marathon events in the world, with over 1000 competitors taking part each year - making it one of the top five world’s biggest canoe marathon events. The Fish River The Fish River Canoe Marathon is a two-day event taking place on the Fish River in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and covers a total distance of 81.8 kilometres (50.8 mi).