Canoe Marathon



The British marathon athletes have dominated this 43rd edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon, part of the ICF classic marathon series. In both senior classes, the highest rankings were taken home to the British island.

Short after the spectacular, but rather hard fought, mass-start with 107 paddlers on the starting line a group of seven paddlers took the lead in the race. This group contained four British athletes, Italian Filippo Vincenzi and local racers Bram Brandjes and Joep van Bakel. The British four took this numeral advantage and controlled both the pace of the race and the best washriding positions. This narrowed down the chances for both Dutchies and eventually they had to let the lead group go just before the first portage. Only Italian Filippo Vincenzi held on to the lead group till the end of the race finishing in fifth position. Spanish Alejandro Sanchez and his fellow group of chasers never got close enough to the lead group to catch up and break the tactical dominance of the GB squad.

In the end Tim Pendle turned out to be the quickest Brit in the lead group, beating the brothers Tim and Andrew Daniels and Keith Moule with a time of 01:40:16,5. That would have been 3,5 seconds faster than Manuel Busto's track record, but since the Brits took a slightly alternative route this is not recognized as an official track record.

British Lizzie Broughton lived up to her role as a favorite, she took the lead in the ladies race from the very first moment by going along with the chasing group of junior men. The closest competition for Lizzie provided her fellow UK athlete Jenny Illidge. Danish Annemia Pretzmann came in third across the finish line.

The Classic Series is still wide open and un contested as no one from the first two events has raced  twice to make them eligible for the series log.

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The April 2015 CAM Newsletter is published including the following news:

  • Long Term Calendar
  • Correction Masters Dates in Gyor
  • 2015 Major Events
  • 2nd Race of ICF Classic Series
  • ITO's For 2015 Major Events

For Newletter Click here



NB: The Liffey Descent is to be held on 26 September 2015 and not 27th September as previously indicated.

For the full program of the series Click Here.


Final Results of the ICF Marathon Individual Log below:

Ranking marathon K1 men
Poistion Name Nation WC1 short WC1 long World Ch Classic Series   Total
            1 2  
1 Nicolai Blach DEN 85 90 65 35 50 325
2 Adriän Boros HUN 90 85 110     285
3 Jose Romalho POR     170 50 50 270
Ranking marathon K1 women
1 Lizzie Broughton GBR     180 50   230
2 Renata Csay HUN     200     200
3 Lenka Hrochova CZE 100 90       190
Ranking marathon C1 men
1 Nikica Ljubek CRO 100   110     210
2/3 David Mosquera ESP     150   50 200
2/3 Manuel Antonio Campos ESP     200     200

For full results log click here


Hank McGregor on the 2014 N3TC Drak Challenge
Hank McGregor on the 2014 N3TC Drak Challenge

The ICF Classic Series Kicks off in Underberg on the Umzimkulu River in South Africa on 25 and 26 January with the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon.

The Classic Series aims to pool the world's best river races and marathons into a global tour by offering points for top finishes at each of the events over the calendar year. The N3TC Drak Challenge will be the first event on the ICF Classic series 2015 calendar. 

In recent years the race has caught the attention of several international stars, including German ace Max Hoff, who won the  2007 Drak Challenge.  Last year Czech Republic marathon sibling stars Anna Adamova and Jakub Adam raced the 65km two day event in testing full conditions along with two Australians Josh Kippin and James Morfitt.  Czech elite racer Michael Odvarko also raced the 2013 event.

Hillary Bruss, who in 2012 won the women's category of the ICF Classic Series commented. "The Drak is a great race to have on the ICF series because it is in such a beautiful valley and the water is clean. Anyone who makes the trip to SA will love it,"

 The race covers two stages, the first 28km and the second 38km in length, and alternates between long calm pools and some rocky rapids, a few of which are grade 3 in technicality. The race is held in  the Southern Drakensberg Mountain, a World Heritage Site.

For details of all the events in the Classic Series Click Here



After wins in the first two events in the series Portugal's Jose RAMALHO was piped to the log victory in the last event of the series by Tomas JEZEK who won the last two events  to take the Classic Series title for the second year in a row..  Jose RAMALHO moved to 2nd place and 3rd place was taken by compatriot Federico VEGA SUAREZ. 

In the women’s K1 Maria HOLLERIETH from Germany also clinched the series at the end with wins in the Cesky and Adige Marathons. Last years winner Pia RUHM from Germany completed 3 races and finished second in the series with 2nd places in the Dalsland and Gudena Marathons. Birgit PONTOPPIDAN from Denmark took 3rd place with her 2nd places the Dalsland and Gudena Marathon 

The C1 event was only contested in the last few races of the series with Tomislav LEPAN from Croatia  taking the win from Michael Brennan of Ireland and David Jirka from Czech Republic.

  The series log can be down loaded here


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