Nqobile Makhanya, an S4 Chemical Engineering student is recovering from a gruelling one day, 110 kilometres non-stop Dusi Canoe Marathon – Dusi in a Day, that took place on 9 April 2021. The race started in Pietermaritzburg Camps Drift, and ended in Durban’s Blue Lagoon. “I was going to do it in a single (K1) boat, but a day before Mpilo Zondi, asked if we could partner in a double (K2) and try go for a podium. We had last minute preparation having to fix the boat we were going to use night before the race. Nqobile said they did not get a chance to practice, but they were comfortable in the boat.
“I decided to sit in the front since I’m heavier.” Nqobile said that they just wanted to take it as it came, in the first quarter of the race they were already in second place. He said the race went well, they did not encounter any major problems except “only a bent rider about halfway into the race. This didn’t cost as so much time.”
Nqobile added that they did their best to keep up with the race leaders who were very fast from the start of the race. This was Nqobile’s first such race.
“We ended up finishing 2nd in a time of 8hrs, 28min, 25sec. Msawenkosi Mtolo and Thabani Msia took first place, for the second time.