NEXT weekend sees the SPAR Summer Festival taking place at the quaint riverside village of Cannonville on the Sundays River with an abundance of family-based sporting activities on offer to complement the usual festival activities.The weekend festival is boosted by the Wimpy Rotary Kids Zone with an abundance of kids activities in a secure enclosure under the watchful eye and supervision of members of the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth. At just R30 for the entire day, the Kids Zone is one place you’ll want to leave the kids while visiting over 20 food and craft vendors, enjoying a refreshing drink at the Castle Lite Beer Garden or putting your feet up in the Cerebos Chill lounge. New media partner, Luister FM, will be broadcasting live from the festival at the weekend and if sport is your thing, then come join in the fun next Saturday morning where the Wimpy 5km Family Fun Run is followed by the Black Sheep 42km MTB ride or the Oracle Media 16km Family Ride. Both are more than suitable for novice cyclists keen to get an MTB race under the belt. Prize-giving of these events includes a R3 000 cash lucky draw prize. As the incoming tide pushes up the Sundays River on the Saturday afternoon the swimming events will get under way starting with the News Cafe Double Mile, the Disabled Mile and the Family Half-Mile. An exciting new addition to the programme this year will be the Anything that Floats race where all proceeds go to the Smile Foundation.Bring your inflatable floats and come float half a mile down the river in support of this wonderful cause. A R3 000 cash lucky draw prize will be up for grabs for one of the participants in the afternoon events.Festival Sunday will not disappoint when the children 12 years and under take part in the Wakaberry Kids across the River races and also get a lift across the river on the majestic Sundays River Ferry. The 93rd running of the historic SPAR River Mile takes place after 1pm when the Ladies’ Mile goes first followed by the Men’s Mile. This year, one lucky Mile swimmer will walk away with R10 000 cash while the top 5 men and top 5 ladies will be included in a R5 000 cash winners jackpot lucky draw.Secure your entries on www.rivermile.co.za or browse the website for further information on this exciting summer festival hosted by SPAR Eastern Cape.Ocean Series results from SundayDespite the overcast and windy conditions, hundreds of participants flocked to Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth, for the 8th round of the popular aQuellé Ocean Racing Series.With 7 events on offer at Africa’s largest family beach event, over 300 participants braved the conditions to take part with the strong westerly winds giving the swimmers some assistance by ensuring a flat ocean. Conditions were, however, no challenge for Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics Provincial team captain Ian Venter who continued his domination of the 1km ocean swim at the Series with another fine win. The Pearson High School head boy won the swim in 13 minutes and 32 seconds from Cole Craig and Teagan Strydom.Another season dominator, Kirsten Marriott, extended her overall Series lead with a win over Hannah Counihan and Kelli Thornton on Sunday morning. In the 2km Ocean Swim it was Daniel Jones who won in 27 minutes and 9 seconds from Brandley Reen and local swim coach legend, Mark Edge. St Francis Bay swimmer Chane De Jager won the ladies 2km swim from Antonelle Saporta and Tracy Taverner. In the longest swim of the morning, the 3km Ocean Swim, it was East London-born swimmer Deshaan Pillay who won in a fast time of 39min 15sec from Jared Jordan and Eben Haarhoff.Woodridge College top open water swimmer Amica De Jager won the ladies 3km from Idelette Olivier and Sally Waterworth.While the popularity of the 400m Ocean Swim is growing, the podium continues to be dominated by the same youngsters. Connor Craig won the short swim from Johan Coetzee and Tristan Harding with Tiara Finnis winning the girls 400m from Jodi Wilson and Megan Hough.This week’s 5km beach run was dominated by the kids from the Masakhane Future Stars programme with Luyanda Menzi winning in 16 min 54sec from Vuyolwethu Mbanyana and Estian Hess. Youngster Tara Sacke continued her domination of the ladies division with another fine win. Georgina Davidson finished in second and Dawn Denysschen in third place. The Masakhane Future Stars programme, fueled by Caltex Eastern Cape, sees young children of colour being given the opportunity to take part in mainstream sporting events in Port Elizabeth.Sunday’s 5km beach walk was won by Grobbie Grobler with Marcelle Meyer in second place and Andrew Armstrong third. Belinda Niemand, Mile Vermaak and Taryn Ferreira took the podium positions in the ladies category.The under 12s who excelled in this weekend’s kids 1km beach run for the boys was Jamie Aukett (Boys 6 and under), Andre Delport (Boys 7 to 8), Tristan Marais (Boys 9 to 10), and Siphamandla Ndzandze (Boys 11 to 12). For the girls it was Kayleigh Marais (Girls 6 and under), Hunter Dutton (Girls 7 to 8), Abbie Mitchell (Girls 9 to 10) and Kerri-Lee Barnard (Girls 11 to 12).With the SPAR Summer Festival taking place in two weeks’ time, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series will only return on Sunday, March 12, for Round 9, the penultimate round for Season 12.Full results and further information from the Series can be found on www.OceanRacingSeries.com.