Durban-based elite racer Jenna Nisbet has shaken the women’s race of the Berg River Canoe Marathon by adding her name to the Early Bird entries for the 240km classic from Paarl to Velddrif from 6 to 9 July.
Nisbet made the decision after taking part in the Western Cape Marathon Champs and with her world marathon championships bid her top priority this year feels that the base offered by a competitive Berg is essential.
“When things didn’t work the way I had planned at the marathon trial in Cape Town, I saw that the early bird entries were closing that night and I just felt that I needed another goal to focus on, so I put my entry in.
“I am super excited!” she gushed, “I last raced it in 2016 so it has been a few years since I went down to the Cape to race it. It will be my fourth Berg.”
Nisbet said that she would make the SA Marathon Champs in June, which is the trial for the world championship team, her main focus.
“The Berg is a few weeks after that trial, so I am hoping to use my training from marathons in the Berg and looking forward to the base that Berg will hopefully give me for the remainder of the year,” she added.
With Melanie van Niekerk and Tracey Oellermann already entered into the women’s race it promises to once again be a key focal point of the annual Berg odyssey.
More information can be found at www.berg.org.za
Photo 1 Caption: Jenna Ward-Nisbet will make a return to the Berg Marathon for the first time since 2016. The Durban-based marathon star says the base offered by a tough Berg Marathon provides a key base for the international marathon champs season later in the year. Photo: John Hishin / Gameplan Media