Triathletes prepare for Summer Series

2016-12-14 06:02

THIS year’s About IT Triathlon Summer Series will be taking place on December 16, 18, 21 and 26 and is ideal for both the seasoned and novice triathletes.

As a Sprint Distance triathlon, participants will tackle a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run.

The Series is open to both individuals and teams.

The first three races are scheduled for Pollok Beach, Summerstrand, whilst the race on December 26 is in Port St Francis.

The About IT Triathlon Summer Series is supported by aQuellé, Caltex Eastern Cape, Dynamic Express Services, Black Sheep, Oracle Media, Zone 3 and High 5 Sports Nutrition.

A total of R7 500 cash and medals are up for grabs for the overall Series winners.

Those who finish the races will receive medals at each of the four races this season.

The Port Elizabeth races will start at 8am and the Port St Francis race at 8.30am.

The Series entry fee is R200 per person and R300 per team.

Online registration is recommended and can be done on

Visit the website for race routes and online registration.

Damp year end for aQuellé series

While the rain and wind may have kept away the social family members, more than 300 participants braved the conditions at Hobie Beach on Sunday morning to take part in the fifth round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series, the final race of 2016.

The choppy seas took its toll on the swimmers, making for a very testing swim in the morning.

This, however, did not seem to upset the pace of 19-year-old Deshaan Pillay in the 3km swim.

Pillay won the long distance swim with a time of 38:26, with Cullen Biddulph taking second place and former national swimmer Kevin Richards being placed third.

In the ladies’ 3km swim, it was 17-year-old St Francis Bay swimmer, Amica de Jager, who won with a time of 40:54, with Hannah Haswell in second place and Lara Truter in third.

The 2km Ocean Swim saw unbeaten champion, Daniel Jones, finishing first with a time of 27:16, while Jarryd Cooke came in second and Michael Kingston in third.

Kingston’s wife, Liza, won the ladies’ race from De Jager’s older sister, Chane, with Delwen Henderson in third place.

The 1km Ocean Swim that took place on Monday, December 12, was won by Cole Craig with a time of 13:40, while Jamie Riddle was placed second and Barry Serfontein third. Kirsten Marriott took the ladies’ 1km swim in 15:23 with Britney Brown in second place and Rebecca Jade Newman in third.

The 400m Ocean Swim is a new distance introduced this season and was won by Connor Craig in 9:05, with Tristan van Rooyen in second and De Wet de Lange in third.

Tiara Finnis won the ladies’ 400m from Chelsea Main and Jenna Coetzee.

On the wet beach, the 5km Beach Run was won by James Barnardt in 22:14 from Anathi Manto and Vuyiswa Mtimkulu, with Lerryn Mew (21:25) winning the ladies’ run from Dawn Denysschen and Claire Reece.

Grobbie Grobler (26:47) won the 5km Walk from Juan Slabbert and Marcelle Meyer with Belinda Niemand winning the ladies’ 5km walk from Taryn Ferreira and Milé Vermaak.

The aQuellé Ocean Racing Series will return on January 8 for round six with another five race days remaining for Season 12, which will conclude on March 26, 2017.

Full results from Sunday’s race are available on the Series website,

Entries open for Marina Mile

The popular Marina Mile swim will take place on December 30 at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay. The events on offer include a Double Mile, 500m, Kids’ Bank-Bank and the Mile swim through the stunningly beautiful Marina which has to be one of the premier open water swimming venues in South Africa.

The event is managed by Zsports Events NPC.

More info and online registration is available on

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