MTB and fun run action at Sundays River

2016-02-10 06:00

BRING the family and come and enjoy some family friendly fun at next weekend’s SPAR River Mile Festival which includes the Wimpy 5km Family Fun Run and the Oracle Media/Black Sheep Industries 10km and 30km MTB rides.

Both the run and MTB races are more than suitable for the whole family with very pleasant flat routes from the Cannonville slipway area beneath the N2 bridge. The Wimpy Run starts at 9am and is followed by the MTB races at 10am.

For the cyclists it is recommended to put slime into your tyres as there are thorns along certain sections of the route. Pre-registration is highly recommended to avoid late entry fees applicable on the day with an added incentive of an awesome SPAR goody bag if collecting your race pack on Wednesday, February 17.

See for further information and to register online.

Next weekend’s SPAR River Mile Festival marks the 92nd anniversary of the River Mile which is celebrated each year with a two-day festival of family activities.

The Wimpy Rotary Kids Zone caters for all the young ones with lots of fun and exciting inflatable activities available. Entry into the Wimpy Kids Zone, which is managed by the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise, is just R30 and kids can play for the whole day.

All proceeds from this area together with the profits from the Castle Lite Beer Garden are donated to the Rotary Club. A variety of more than 30 craft and food vendors will be available over the weekend which includes the Fun Run, MTB and swimming events.

Saturday afternoon includes the News Cafe Disabled Mile, the Hydrassist Double Mile and the First Choice Family Half Mile swims.

Sunday’s action packed programme kicks off with the Wakaberry Kids across the river races for children 12 years and under who aren’t swimming the Mile event. This is followed by the Ladies’ Mile at 1.30pm and the Men’s Mile at 2.30pm.

Special guest for the day, courtesy of Midea Air Conditioning, will be Olympic and multiple World Champion swimmer Cameron van der Burgh.

After the kids races and prize giving, Cameron will be holding a meet and greet autograph and selfie session in the Midea area alongside the stage. See for all the information on this year’s SPAR River Mile Festival.

NMB swim champs

Last Sunday saw Pearson High scholar Ian Venter and St Francis swimmer Amica de Jager claiming the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) 3km Open Water Swimming titles.

Also on the podium for this Championship event for the Men were Nicholas Adam (2nd) and Daniel Jones (3rd) whilst Jessica Canter (2nd) and Kirsten Marriott (3rd) completed the podium for the ladies. No swimmers contested the 10km swim this year.

This Sunday the action will return to the ideal setting of Settlers Dam near Grahamstown for the NMBA 5km open water Swim championships and the final round of the EC Swim Challenge Series for this season.

Aquabear swimmer Venter was the comfortable winner at the 5km swim held in January and together with De Jager, they will be the firm favourites to hold both the 3km and 5km Championship Titles.

Sundays final round of the EC Swim Challenge Series powered by Nutritech, will be open to all open water swimmers and will feature the 5km swim starting at 9am, a 1km swim starting at 9.15am and a 3km swim starting at 11am.

Whilst the open water swimmers still have the upcoming SPAR River Mile, Hydrassist Double Mile and the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge 5km swim to look forward to, this will be the last official NMBA open water swimming event before the SA open water swimming championships next month. See for further info.

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