New record for Port Alfred’s river mile

NEARLY THERE: Swimmers get on to the Small Boat Harbour’s slipway jetty for the last go to the surface. Photos: Sue Maclennan

Swimming stars in the area for their summer season break handled regional heroes in the 5th Royal St Andrew’s hotel Amanzi Challenge Marina Mile in the Kowie River today. It was youth, 12-18 s to be particular, who controlled the occasion with Zack Waters coming all the method from Cape Town to set a brand-new record in a blistering 21 minutes and 9 seconds. Camilla Heuer, from East London, set the criteria for female entries at 24: 29.

Just except 50 swimmers– a minimum of one each from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland– required to the water on December 272022 The course began and ended in the Small Boat Harbour slipway, outside the Halyards hotel. Winding around the hotel’s promontory are pathways, yards and a seeing platform, making the course as viewer friendly as you can get.

” It’s cold!” was the agreement as swimmers lined up for the start. In spite of Port Alfred rocking a baking hot 35 C on Tuesday, the water temperature level was around 19 C in the early morning with some residents forecasting that the inbound tide might see it drop as low as 14 C. One swimmer approximated it had actually been in between 18 and 19 C in the river itself, however somewhat cooler in the Marina’s channel– “possibly 17”.

The water warm sufficient to make wetsuits optional. This open water swimming occasion followed the Ironman guidelines, which are that wetsuits are obligatory if the temperature level is listed below 16 C.

” I’m from Langebaan,” stated Kerryn Pedersen, who used a complete wetsuit. “We do not swim skins.” She can be found in simply over midway through the field, in 28 th at 33:16 Royal St Andrews hotel’s Justin Bekker followed 2 seconds after.

The outside push versus the inbound tide would have indicated little to Rondebosch High School’s Waters, who is on the South African High Performance Squad List following a nine-medal efficiency in the SA Lifesaving Championships previously this year (gold in the Lifesaving Iron Man).

Port Alfred High School’s William Beatt, whose constant successes in the swimming pool have actually made him a Speedo Ambassador recommendation, was next in, with around a minute and a half separating him from fellow regional, Joao Felizardo, who frequently makes headings for his brave saves off Port Alfred’s beaches. In the headings for an exceptional rescue just recently, Ed Gutsche, was 12 th in general in 28:28 He was pipped to the post by child Reece Coetzer (11 th). 2 years earlier, Reece and Will Beatt were themselves in the news for their function in a rescue at Kelly’s Beach.

St Andrew’s College’s Oliva Lange’s successes have actually been concentrated on the swimming pool: previously this year he made the finals in all 3 breaststroke occasions at the SA Short Course gala in Pietermaritzburg. Throughout 2022 he was ranked in South Africa’s leading 5 for both the 50 m and 200 m breaststroke. The winner of the school’s current River Mile was available in 4th total.

Hal Snyman, who in 2019 broke a sub-five-hour Ironman, was 6 seconds behind Lange.

Clarendon Primary’s Camilla Heuer, a Lifesaving Nipper, was the very first female house, and an impressive 6th total, in 24:29 SA-ranked Christie Piguet from Douglasdale, Gauteng, led a star school of women inside the 26- minute mark. Stacey Ann Welsh, Lily Smith and Emily Beatt were close in her wake.

Safety was a concern, with Gardmed Ambulance workers ready on the banks and NSRI volunteers in the water. Race organisers Pierre Coetzer and Avril Beyleveld revealed a R3000 contribution to the organisation in lieu of their members’ service on the day. Chris Pike, Shannen Kethro and Louise Ferguson were the volunteers on the day.

” Fantastic– we’ll absolutely be back!” was the agreement of Dawn Claase (36: 42) from Cape Town and Lesley Loock (33: 53), from Kenton. Brian and Shannon Doherty were pleased to finish the occasion as a household in simply under 38 minutes. Andrew Witte was decreased by serious cramping and succeeded to make it to the surface.

The slipway surface was well called– it was very slippery. Neighborhood stalwart Eddie Wepener was there with his red flag to direct swimmers to the jetty and provide them a hand-up if they required it.

The occasion was initially kept in 2017 and has actually run every year because, other than2020 It is collaborated by B&S Sports and types part of the Royal St Andrew’s hotel AManzi Challenge, sponsored by the Royal St Andrew’s hotel.

Zwelinzima Nkwinti, of B&S Sports, was happy with the occasion’s success, which has actually formerly been hosted at different times of the year.

” We are going to stick to December from now on,” he stated.

ROYAL ST ANDREW’S hotel AMANZI CHALLENGE MARINA MILE IN PICTURES (for sensational action shots by Jaco van Rensburg check out BS Sports )

Royal St Andrew’s hotel Amazi Challenge Marina Mile


12-18 women
Camilla Heuer(00:24:29 )
Christie Piguet(00:25:28 )
Stacey Ann Welsh(00:25:40)

12-18 young boys
Zack Waters(00:21:09)
William Beatt(00:22:18)
Oliva Lange(00:24:15)

19-29 ladies
SUne Chadwick(00:33:11 )
Kerryn Pedersen(00:33:16 )
Ashlynn Wilkins(00:38:29)

30 -49 ladies
Carin van der Watt(00: 29:21)
Megan Henderson(00: 31:59)
Jacqui Celliers(00: 32:11)

30-49 guys
Joao Felizardo(00: 23:46)
Hal Snyman(00: 24:21)
Ed Gutsche(00: 28:28)

50- plus ladies
Nicky van Nierop (00:29:00)
Lesley Loock (00:33: 53)
Cathy McGrath(00:34:19)

50- plus guys
Lance Corbett(00:30:18)
Paul Scott(00:33:39)
Nico Claase(00:33: 57)


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