Winter Series this Sunday

2016-08-03 06:00

THE Endurade Winter Series, in just its first season, is fulfilling the needs of local tri- and du-athletes who are keen to stay competitive during the winter months.

Given the mild winter weather in Port Elizabeth, the Series has enabled some of the triathletes to keep racing throughout the year.

The Endurade Winter Series takes place on the first Sunday of the month during winter and heads back to Pollok Beach this Sunday morning with plenty of action for the whole family.

Starting at 10am with a mass start on the beach, the Series offers no fewer than 7 events for the participants to choose from: A sprint distance triathlon (750m swim, 20km Cycle, 5km run), Sprint distance Duathlon (2.5km Run, 20km Cycle, 5km Run), 750m ocean swim, mini Duathlon (1.55km Run, 10km Cycle, 2.5km Run), kids’ Duathlon (1.25km Run, 5km Cycle, 1.25km Run), 5km beach fun run and a kids’ 1.25km beach run.

Last month the Triathlon was won by German Triathlete Johannes Moldan with Travis McGrath in second place and Mauritz Erasmus in third. Antonella Saporta, Robyn Furstenburg and Kimberley Vorster dominated the ladies’ triathlon.

In the Sprint distance Duathlon, the participants to watch out for this month will be Round 2 winners Ross Helliwell and Jade Hooke with Alex Blumberg, William Wilson, Neylese Donaldson and Lindsay Steele hungry to snatch race honours. A mix of age groups is enjoying the mini Duathlon which offers a great introduction in the sport. Fifteen-year-old Dewald Klinkerburg got the better of dad, Pieter, last month with Marcelle Meyer grabbing third place and looking to build on that this month.

In the girls’ mini Duathlon it was Micha Swans from 12-year-old Jayde Swans with Lauryn Swans in third place. The Kids’ Duathlon hasn’t been that well attended with just 11-year-old Reghardt Klinkenburg and 10-year-old Josh Hufkie contesting it last month.

Equally shy on entries has been the ocean swim discipline with just a handful each month but great performances from Aidan Baker and Lea Steyn last month.

The 5km Beach Run is always great fun and was hotly contested last month by 9-year-old Tristan Marais with the top 4 placings all under the age of 12 years.

In the kids’ 1.25km beach run, 4-year-old Kayleigh Marais and 9-year-old Jayson Archibald were the winners last month and look forward to keen participation in this discipline again.

After Sunday there will be just one more Endurade Winter Series event (Sunday, September 4) before the Series makes way for Season 12 of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series which starts on Sunday, October 16, and remains Africa’s largest family beach event attracting hundreds of participants on alternate Sunday mornings to Hobie Beach.

For further information see online www.zsports.co.za/winterseries with all first time participants required to register ahead of Sunday morning.

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