Pietermaritzburg - Brothers Andrew and Alan Houston have set their
sights on the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon, determined to end the run of bad luck
that has derailed the bid for a place on the most prized paddling podium in the
In the last K2 race in 2018 they were well placed in the top five before Alan
was laid low with a dose of “Dusi Guts”, forcing them to withdraw from the
In 2016, the same gastric illness hit the younger brother and they limped
into the finish at Blue Lagoon in fourth.
“Alan has a 75% Dusi Guts hit rate, after getting sick on three of the last
four Dusis,” said Andrew Houston.
“We feel like we are a good combination
together, so we are back to give it another go, but we will do things
The biggest change is the decision to shift Alan to the back seat, principally
to limit his exposure to the water in the rapids and weirs and hopefully
minimise his risk of contracting stomach problems again.
“I was happy with Alan driving the boat, and he is a little bit lighter than me
so in terms of the boat set-up it made sense. I don’t think it will take much
of an adjustment as we are pretty similar in weight,” he added.
“We have a great time paddling and the K2 combinations feels stronger than our
individual K1s. It always surprises me how well we go in a boat together.
He added that there was a unique bond between brothers in a boat that counted
in their favour.
“We are chilled in the boat together,” he said.
“There is not a lot of chatter
and we trust each other. There are the usual high fives at the end.”
Alan, who is based in Stellenbosch, will join his older brother Andrew at their
farm Glencairn outside Himeville for the Dusi training camp being held there in
“We have the N3TC Drak Challenge on the first week in February then it is full
steam ahead for the Dusi at the end of February,” said Andrew Houston.
“We will come into the Dusi in good form. All we need is bit more good fortune
this year. We kinda feel we have a score the settle with the Dusi!” he
The 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place for February 27-29, 2020.
details and more information can be found at www.dusi.co.za