Summer open water swimming and beach events calendar comes to a close

2016-04-06 06:00

THE 10th round of the popular aQuellé Ocean Racing Series last Sunday brought the summer open water swimming and beach events calendar to a close.

Season XI started in early October 2015 and concluded after 10 race days in a season which has not seen too much favourable weather on race days and also clashed with several other water sport events.

Despite this, the Series which is unique to Nelson Mandela Bay remains Africa’s largest family beach event having attracted just over 4 000 entries this season.

One of the successes coming out of the Series this year has been the well supported Masakhane Future Stars programme which is backed by Pagden’s Attorneys, Willard Batteries and Caltex Eastern Cape.

With just under 100 PDI’s included in the programme and given the opportunity each race day to take part in the Series and other key sports events in the city, it’s been terrific to see their growth and enjoyment of being part of such sporting events.

After Sunday’s Round 10 which was held in near perfect conditions with numerous international competitors taking part ahead on this weekend’s Ironman event, the overall Series prize giving function was held at News Cafe.

Overall Series winners for the Kids 1km Beach Run (6u) were Aiden Joubert and Roxy Geldenhuys with runners up Max Owen and Kayleigh Marais and Jacques van Wyk and Kaitlyn Richter being placed third overall.

The 8u age group was won by Jayson Archibald and Megan Owen with Tristan Marais snd Sarah Venter coming second and Daniel Richter and Tayla Wilson in third.

In the 10u age group, Jeandre Hatting and Abbie Mitchell won from Kaiyil Whitaker and Ilze Hattingh with Neal Marais and Lara Kleinhans in third place whilst Connor Roff and Bella Archibald took the honours in the 12u category from Daniel Heine and Kerri-Lee Barnard with Connor Mitchell and Chelsea Cooke in third place.

The winners’ medals and floating trophies in the 5km Beach Walk went to Grobbie Grobler and Belinda Niemand with Juan Slabbert and Emily Stemmett in second place with Andrew Armstrong and Milé Vermaak in third place.

In the 5km Beach walk it was 12-year-old Tara Sacke and Johnny Muller that won the category from Wayne Mitchell and Reda Potts with Samkelo Tetyana and Sanet Owen in third place.

In the water, the 1km honours went to Ian Venter and Kirsten Mariott with runners up Keegan Cooke and Amy Mardon whilst Joshua Bellairs and Tracy Taverner finished third.

In the 2km swim Daniel Jones and Antonella Saporta won the Series ahead of Josh McGrath and Denise Bosman with Jarryd Cooke and Phillipa Holtz in third place.

Wayne Jones and Rebecca Newman took the 3km swim honours from Dylan Smith and Brigitte Melly with Eben Haarhoff and Jenny Potts in third place overall.

Following the success of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series, the Nutritech Winter Series will be born and take part on the first Sunday of June through to September and will feature triathlon, duathlon, open water swim and a run.

Full results from Sunday’s Ocean Racing Series and the overall age group results are on the Series website www.oceanracingseries. com. The Series will return for Season 12 in mid October 2016.

Edge muck run entries flow in

Another great attendance is expected at this year’s Edge Muck Run as entries are flowing in quickly ahead of the Eastern Cape’s muckiest race on April 23 and 24 at Bushpig Adventures.

An extremely fun-filled 5km obstacle course with a 2km kids version available appeals to anyone wanting to do something different. Due to demand, the Edge Muck Run features a 5km run on the Saturday afternoon and another on the Sunday morning with both open to individuals or groups of 5 people.

Woodlands Dairy will be hosting a kids entertainment zone and also offering great hamper prizes for the best dressed in all the races.

All participants and spectators are encouraged to bring all unwanted clothing, blankets and bedding to donate to the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise for their warm winter campaign.

See www.MuckRun.co.za for further information.

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