Youngsters rule aQuellé Ocean Racing Series

2015-11-25 06:23

DESPITE strong off-shore winds and blustery conditions it was another packed Hobie Beach on Sunday morning for the 4th round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series as hundreds of families braved the conditions to enjoy Africa’s largest family beach event.

With just 4 of the 10 scheduled race days under the belt, it’s the youngsters who are starting to dominate the Series once again.

In the 1km Ocean Swim, Kirsten Marriott and Ian Venter both won their third consecutive race on Sunday whilst Daniel Jones did the same over the 2km distance. Swimmers ended up swimming a slightly shorter distance on Sunday as the winds ripped one of the marker buoys from its mooring resulting in about R3 500 worth of damage as weights and anchors were lost and the buoy possibly beyond repair.

In the single lap 1km swim, Venter won in a time of 11min 10sec from J-Bay swimmer Seth de Swart and PE’s Jamie Riddle whilst Marriott completed her swim in 12’011” ahead of Tracy Gous and Caroline Levey.

Jones won the 2km swim in 21’06” from Bradley Reen and Travis McGrath whilst Antonella Saporta got her second win of season in the 2km ladies race getting the better of Denise Bosman and Phillipa Holtz.

Keeping it in the family, Wayne Jones snatched the 3km ocean swim win in 30’53” from Dylan Smith and Bruce Campbell whilst Hanna Haswell won the ladies’ 3km swim in a time of 34’31” from Rebecca Newman and Brigitte Melly.

On the beach 15-year-old Johnny Muller is starting to dominate with a win in the 5km Beach Run following his runner up positions in round 1 and 3 previously. Muller won the run in 17’12” from Wayne Mitchell and Nkosikhona Vemile whilst Jo Oosthuizen took the ladies’ title in 22’18” from Reda Potts and Mihlali Ngqoza.

The 5km Beach Walk saw 63-year-old Grobbie Grobler taking the gold medal in 30’1” from Juan Slabbert and Robin Daniel whilst Martiza Craig won the ladies’ walk in 33’49” from Milé Vermaak and Natalie van Niekerk.

Round 5 will be back on Sunday, December 6 and will be the last race day for 2015 as the Series takes a break during December and will return on January 10.

See for full results and online registration.

About IT sprint distance triathlon

A great response is being received for the annual About IT Triathlon Summer Series with 4 race mornings during December taking place on December 13, 16, 20 and 26. On the evening before the first 3 race mornings, a kids’ 8 to 14 years introductory triathlon will be help at Pollok Beach starting at 6pm.

The popularity of the triathlon series, hydrated by Nutritech and fuelled by Caltex, is mostly due to the sprint distance triathlon which comprises an easily achievable 750m swim, 20km Cycle and 5km Run and makes it the ideal platform to not only get ready for bigger triathlons in 2016 but also for the novice participant to attempt.

There is also a team category where you can partner with one or two friends and complete the triathlon in a relay format, thereby only having to do one (or two) of the disciplines on your own.

Kids 8-9 years, 10-11 years and 12-14 years all compete over varying distances to introduce them into this great sport with medals for all finishers.

Online registration offers discounted entry and can be reached on All online entrants also receive a complimentary silicone swim cap.

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