Adie guns for fifth Drak Challenge crown

Kayak Centre/Natal Canoe Club's Abby Adie is excited to return to Underberg this weekend as she goes in search of a fifth N3TC Drak Challenge women's title.   Anthony Grote  Gameplan Media

Kayak Centre/Natal Canoe Club’s Abby Adie is excited to return to Underberg this weekend as she goes in search of a fifth N3TC Drak Challenge women’s title. Anthony Grote Gameplan Media

Underberg, KZN – Current South African women’s river marathon sensation Abby Adie is relishing a return to her beloved N3TC Drak Challenge in Underberg this weekend as she goes in search of an unrivalled fifth women’s title at the event.

Adie had a stellar year on the river in 2014 as she claimed a number of the major river marathon titles with only the Dusi Canoe Marathon crown eluding. Another triumph on the Mzimkhulu this weekend is however how Adie hopes to start 2015.

Despite having come out on top in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, Adie has been made to work tirelessly by fellow local river marathon sensation Robyn Kime – who broke Adie’s run with victory in 2012 – throughout the past half a decade.

Kime will however be absent from this year’s start line due to her international travels, opening the doorway for some of the sport’s younger or less familiar names to present Adie with her nearest title threat.

Ward, Laura O’Donoghue and Hilary Bruss (Race Food/Pepto Sport) are likely to be the three others eyeing out a podium position however youngsters Jordan and Cana Peek, Tamika Haw and Lauren Felgate will all be eager to stake their claim for a share of the limelight as well.

Adie will have the added motivation to impress at the this weekend’s first major of the year as the 2015 Drak Challenge also doubles as the first leg of the 2015 ICF World Series.

The global series is a collection of the most popular river marathons around the world, one that Bruss claimed the overall spoils in 2011, and a strong performance in Underberg will earn Adie some valuable points towards this year’s tally.

The 22nd edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge takes place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January. Should the water levels allow, stage one starts just above Castleburn Bridge and finishes at Swartberg Bridge while Sunday’s second stage comes to a head at Early Mists Farm close to Coleford. More information can be found at www.drak.co.za