EP triathlon champs this Saturday

2017-01-18 06:01

THE EP Triathlon Championships, hosted by About IT, will take place this Saturday morning at Pollok Beach with three distances being contested: the Youth (300m swim/10km cycle/2.5km run), Sprint (750m swim/20km cycle/5km run) and the Olympic (1500m swim/40km cycle/10km run).

Pre-race registration takes place at News Café Boardwalk on Friday between 5pm and 7pm. This meet and greet opportunity will also include some great lucky draw prizes and the last opportunity for late entries.

The Youth race is open to participants between the ages of 12 and 15 with the race starting at 7:15am on Saturday morning.

The Sprint distance, whilst open to all ages greater than 16 years, will include the EP Junior championships for youngsters 16-19 years of age whilst the Olympic Distance is for all the senior age groups for participants 20 years and over.

All interested triathletes are urged to register online soonest through the Zsports Website (www.zsports.co.za) in order to prepare for Saturday.

Cape Town swimmers dominate EC swim series

Sunday’s EC Swim Series at Marina Martinique saw what is possibly the fastest 10km time in the history of the Series when Cape Town swimmer Danie Marais touched at the end of the 10km marathon race in a time of 1hr 53min and 51secs.

Marais, a national swimmer, was followed home by fellow Western Province swimmers Dylan Wright (2:05.49) and Andrew Ritchie (2:06:02). Securing the clean sweep in the 10km swim for the Cape Town clubs were their ladies with Rebecca Meder (2:06:04) winning the ladies’ race from older sister Abigail Meder (2:10:09) and Carli Antonopoulos (2:11:03).

With time running out for swimmers to obtain their SA qualifying times to attend the SA Nationals which will be taking place at North End Lake in Port Elizabeth at the beginning of March, over 100 swimmers from around the country attended the 4th round of the EC Swim on Sunday morning.

The 5km Swim was won by top PE open water swimmer, Ian Venter, in a time of 1hr 1minute. PE’s Kirsten Marriott took the ladies’ 5km race in 1hr 3min. Local swimmer Stanford Slabbert was the winner in the 5km disabled category in 1hr 36min.

The next and final round of the EC swim for this season will be the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics Championships on Saturday, February 4 and 5. Visit www.ecswim.co.za for further information on the race programme.

aQquelle Ocean Racing series this Sunday

The next round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series takes place on Sunday morning for those looking for a great morning at the beach.

Hosted at Hobie Beach on mostly alternate Sunday mornings, the Series sees 7 simultaneously run events being open to the public.

For those who prefer takkies to speedo’s, there’s a 5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk and a Kids’ 1km Beach Run whilst in the water the Series offers a 400m, 1km, 2km and 3km Ocean Swim with fantastic winners medals and lucky draw prizes on offer each race day. See www.oceanracingseries.com for further information and online registration ahead of Sunday’s events.

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