Grand lady of Midmar Mile is back again for another swim aged 90

2014-01-31 00:00

LORNA Cochran will be back to take part in this year’s aQuelle Midmar Mile next weekend at the sprightly age of 90.

Last year Cochran told The Witness that the 2013 Midmar was going to be her final race, but her son Neil didn’t think it would be.

Turns out Neil knows his mother well and Cochran, who was nominated as Woman of the Year for 2013 by the World Open Water Swimming Association, will be one of 14 687 swimmers to compete on the weekend of February 8 and 9.

Having held the record as the event’s oldest female finisher since the age of 82, Cochran became the Mile’s joint record holder for oldest finisher last year.

This year, if she is successful, she will claim the record as her own.

Arnold Beukes and journalist Tommy Ballantyne will be the octogenarians at this year’s event.

The youngest entrant for this year’s race is five years old, Midmar organiser Wayne Riddin said at Comrades House yesterday.

Riddin also said he would be rooting for Chad Ho — who has already won four in a row — to win his fifth straight race and develop dominance similar to that of Bruce Fordyce’s hold on the Comrades Marathon.

Riddin too was nominated last year by the World Open Water Swimming Association as its Man of the Year for 2013 for the work he did organising the two-day event.

“We are seen to be world leaders in open water swimming and other events around the world want to partner with us. The interest from around the world is important. It’s bigger than the interest locally.”

The number of competitors from KwaZulu-Natal had grown by two percent from 2013 with 45,76% of swimmers this year being from the province.

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