Open water swimming continues in the Midlands this week through the launch of a new event at the Baynesfield Estate’s private dam near Thornville.
A couple of weeks after extended Midmar Mile activities wrapped up at Midmar Dam in Howick, the “Baynesfield Easter Mile” is taking place on Saturday as a spin-off of the Midmar Mile.
It is being run by the Midmar Mile’s chief organiser, Wayne Riddin, and he claims the place is not only very suitable for hosting an open water swim, but also for a great social-cum-family vibe to develop.
“We discovered this place when we were looking for a potential alternate spot for the Midmar Mile when we were having trouble with the authorities. It is a bit smaller than Midmar, but it is clean and it is private, which makes the organisation easier,” said Riddin yesterday.
“If we get 150 people there on Saturday, we will be very happy as a first event. It must be remembered that the Midmar Mile started with 153 people!
“This is not a money-making exercise, but a participation event and a seeding event for the Midmar Mile.
“It will be totally relaxed, with no prizes, but participants will be timed, and there will be a live streaming of the event.”
The travelling distance from Pietermaritzburg central to Baynesfield Estate is just over 30 minutes along the general route to Richmond, the swim distance is one mile (1 600m) and Covid-19 protocols will be followed, according to Riddin.
The entry fee of R250 includes a R50 entrance fee to the estate, swim cap, medal and, for additional fun, Easter egg for all finishers.