Series full house despite weather

2016-11-16 06:01

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DESPITE the near gale force winds which lashed the beachfront this past weekend, Sunday saw over 400 entrants taking to the third round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series at Hobie Beach.

Building in popularity is the newly included 400m swim which was dominated by the 13-year-olds Dane Iverson (1st), Josh Neubert and Liam Liston, whilst 10-year-old Tiara Finnis won the girls 400m from 11-year-old Jodi Wilson and 8-year-old Jenna Coetzee.

This week it seems the majority of the top swimmers stuck to the 1km distance with Ian Venter extending his overall Series lead with another great win from fast improving Credence Pattinson and Cole Craig with Kirsten Marriott winning the ladies’ 1km from Hannah Counihan and Britney Brown.

In the 2km race it was Daniel Jones from Slater Black and Flipper van der Spuy with triathlete Liza Kingston taking out the ladies’ race from Rebecca Newman and Denise Bosman whilst in the 3km distance it was 52-year-old SA watersport legend Kevin Richards taking the win from Eben Haarhoff and Jared Jordan, with Hannah Haswell taking the ladies’ race from Tracey Gous and Idelette Olivier.

On the beach in the 5km Walk it was Juan Slabbert who returned to winning ways in the 5km Walk from Heiri Schuck and David Raymer, with Belinda Niemand walking away with the win in the ladies’ division from Taryn Ferreira and Emily Stemmett.

The 5km Beach Run was dominated by the kids from the Masakhane Future Stars programme which affords children from the townships the opportunity to take part in the Series.

The 5km Beach Run was won by Luvuyo Stephen with Xolisa Tshona coming second and Vuyolwethu Mbanyana being placed third; whilst in the ladies’ 5km beach run it was Sanet Owen who won from Rachel Venter and Maritza Craig.

This week in the 6 and under age group the top two finishers in the boys were Jamie Aukett, Joshua Marais and Callum Loftus, while for the girls it was Lara Lamont, Kaitlyn Richter and Kayleigh Marais. The youngest finisher on the morning was 3-year-old Seanna De Jongh.

In the 7-8 age group it was Aiden Joubert, Luqmaan Coetzee and Jack Mowbray for the boys and Hunter Dutton, Jessi Whitebooi and Ava Iverson for the girls, whilst the 9-10 age group saw Daniel Richter, Aphelele Ngesi and Aphelele Mpathi grabbing the winners’ medals for the boys and Abbie Mitchell, Hannah Charles and Amber Joubert for the girls.

The 11-12 age group had Xhanti Mtshengu, Hunter Swans and Jarred Swans winning the boys and Kerri-Lee Barnard, Ilze Hattingh and Lara Kleinhans winning the top 3 girls’ positions.

The aQuellé Ocean Racing Series takes place on mostly alternate Sunday mornings at Hobie Beach starting at 9am and is open to all. See www.oceanracingseries.com on how to join them at Hobie Beach for the next round on Sunday, November 27.

Top class swimming heads for Marina

There’ll be top class open water swimming this Sunday at Marina Martinique for the final round of the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatic’s EC Swim Series for 2016 taking place at the Marina Wharf Restaurant. Open water swimmers will tackle the 10km, 5km and 3km sanctioned swims this weekend.

The Series is also open to non-registered swimmers keen on open water swimming and also includes the 1km and 500m distances with all races also open to wetsuit swimmers. See www.ecswim.co.za for further info.

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