Irish Crews invade the land of Shaka Zulu – Extreme Canoe Marathon.

The 16th February 2017 saw the start of the legendary DUSI Canoe Marathon, which took place over three days and 125km of river and bush portages through the magnificent Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu Natal Provence, South Africa. The idea of racing down the uMsundusi and uMngeni Rivers was born during World War II when Dr. Ian Player, sitting with friends around an army campfire in Italy, proposed the idea of travelling by kayak from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. After an initial expedition was abandoned halfway in 1950, eight paddlers set off from Alexandra Park on 22 December 1951. Six days, 8 hours and 15 minute later, Dr. Player was the only paddler to finish, having survived two days of low rivers, a flash flood and a bite from a night adder. Ref: This unique race has taken place every year since and is now the subject to a movie ‘Beyond the River’, to be released in April 2017.

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CARRICK-ON-SHANNON CANOE CLUB – 53rd Annual Ranking Marathon


53rd Annual Ranking Marathon

 Saturday 25th June 2016.



  1. K2/T2                  Course A
  2. K1 Division 1             Course A
  3. K1 Division 2             Course A
  4. K1 Division 3              Course B
  5. K1 Division 4                        Course B
  6. Ladies K1 Division 4  Course B
  7. Junior K1 Division 5 Course C
  8. Short Course K2/T2                     Course B
  9. General Purpose – Men Course B
  10. General Purpose – Women Course B
  11. General Purpose – Boys (U-18)           Course B
  12. General Purpose – Girls (U-18)             Course B
  13. General Purpose – Boys (U-15)                         Course B
  14. General Purpose – Girls (U-15) Course B
  15. Open Canadian              Course B


A: 27 Km. of river, lake and canal, with two portages.

B: 11 Km. of river (2 laps).

C: 6 Km. of river (1 lap).


Accepted at Canoe Club up to 1.10 p.m.

Senior………..€10           Junior… …….€5

CI/CANI/BCU membership cards must be presented when entering.

Start and Finish

At Carrick Quay (First Start 1.30 p.m.)


Neither the organisers nor the Canoeing Ireland accept any responsibility for any damage or loss to persons or equipment.

CI Safety Rules apply

B. Hyland 087 2635428

Castilla y León Gran Prix 2015

The Spanish Canoe Federation has invited Canoe Marathon Ireland to send a team to theCastilla y León Gran Prix 2015, National Teams Cup k4 event held at Valladolid and Sanabria, 17th, 18th, 19th July. Accommodation will be provided with transfers between Valladolid and Sanabria and to the airport. A k4 will be provided and all maintenance costs covered.

The marathon committee are looking to select a team for this event and would ask that all interested parties please email by June 4th at which point all entries will be considered for selection. Entries are limited to division 1 and 2 paddlers only.

Jenny Eagan takes bronze

Canoeing Ireland’s, Jenny Eagan takes bronze at Senior European Championships. This is the first ever medal for Ireland at a senior European Championships.


Jenny Eagan Bronze

Club Champs Prizes Announced

We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs at this years club championships with thanks to our incredible sponsors I-Canoe, Great Outdoors, Cotswold Outdoor, Dagger, Palm, Peak UK and Pyranha.

It’s not too late to register your club or as an individual to take part in this great weekend.  Registration is open until 9am on Wednesday 18th March.  Registration and event details can be found here.




I-Canoe and Peak UK are generously supporting the event by sponsoring a full set of five custom Club Championships Polo Buoyancy Aids for the top performing Polo Team.







I-Canoe and Peak UK will be sponsoring two custom Club Championship Cag Decks  for the top performing Slalom Team.






Palm and Dagger have come together to generously sponsor 12 sets of club spec paddles, buoyancy aids and cags as well as a junior kayak to be distributed between the top performing clubs at this years club championships.


Cotswold Outdoor will be sponsoring €400 in vouchers for their new irish website  These vouchers will be distributed between the top overall performing athletes in Mens and Womens Under 16’s, Under 18’s, Seniors and Masters.

We are waiting to hear from Great Outdoors and Pyranha on the final set of prizes but you can be sure you won’t be disappointed.

We will also have a range of spot prizes and goodies over the course of the weekend.