Three beaches challenge this month

2016-03-02 06:00

THE popular City Lodge Hotels Group 3 Beaches Challenge takes place on Sunday, March 13 from the Summerstrand Surf Lifesaving Club at Pollok Beach.

Established in 2012, this fun new event is an exciting team and individual race along the stunning Port Elizabeth beachfront for open water swimmers, surf lifesavers and runners.

Teams are split into two groups: Duo team or a Quad Team. Duo teams comprise a swimmer and a runner whilst a Quad team will have 3 swimmers and 1 runner. The swimmers and lifesavers start off at Pollok Beach and cover the 1.6km to Hobie Beach before coming out the water to round the transition station and/or tag their team mate.

Stage 2 is the 800m stretch from Hobie Beach to Humewood Beach: Stage 3 is 1.1km from Humewood Beach to Kings Beach whilst the final stage is a 3km run from Kings Beach back to Pollok Beach. The Surf Lifesavers will take part in the Lifesaving Ironman Category with the order of events being Ski, swim, malibu and run.

The first 80 people to register (www.3beaches.co.za) will each receive a free branded silicone swim cap whilst all finishers receive a chilled sports drink from hydration sponsor Bos. Category winners will receive great hamper prizes. Entry fee is just R100 per person with late entries from the March 7 being charged at R150 per person.

Mardon wins third Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Last Saturday’s Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge lived up to its reputation as the toughest 5km Indian Ocean Swim when a record breaking 108 of the 128 entrants completed the swim at Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth.

For a bunch of Port Elizabeth’s top open water swimmers it was business as usual as they capitalised on the Eastern Cape’s richest open water swimming event which saw the winners of each of the 4 categories getting R4 000 cash.

Heading this group was 17-year-old Amy Mardon winning her third consecutive ladies’ wetsuit title whilst Ian Venter (Men’s wetsuit) and Hannah Haswell (ladies’ swimsuit) both successfully defended their titles. Daniel Jones rounded off a fantastic week by adding the Jendamark Bellbuoy title to this month’s Hydrassist Double Mile and SPAR Men’s Mile titles.

Age group trophies for the fastest swimmers irrespective of category were won by Haswell and Venter (18 and under), Wayne Jones and Kirstin Marriott (19-39 years), Pretoria swimming couple Gary and Megan Albertyn (40-49 years), triple Springbok sportsman Kevin Richards and East London’s Nicolette van Nierop (50-60 years), Conal Turner and Sharon Ball (60 years and over). The 61-year-old Gau-teng swimmer Ball became the oldest female bellbuoy swimmer to have finished the event when she completed Saturday’s swim in 3 hours and 7 min.

aQuellé Ocean Racing Series returns this Sunday

After a month long break, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series returns to Hobie Beach on Sunday morning for round 10 with the usual 6 events on offer: 5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk, 1km, 2km and 3km Ocean Swim and a 1km Beach Run for children 12 years and under. Registration is open at Hobie Beach from 7.30am with the events starting at 9am. Prize giving for the children is at 10am and for the adults around 10:15am.

See www.oceanracingseries.com for further information.

The Series has 3 race days remaining with the penultimate round in two weeks time and the Season XI finale on Sunday, April 3 followed by the Series final prize giving function at News Cafe from 11am to 1pm.

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