Port Elizabeth swimmer Chris Reid won his second Spar River Mile title yesterday in a race he totally dominated.
Reid won in a time of 15 minutes 59 seconds from Edward Johannisen (16:14) and Dylan Smith (16:27).
“It was a tough race this year. It had a constant chop and was actually very uncomfortable. The water was very warm for a top level race and I overheated which affected me'” said Reid after his victory.
The water measured at 27 degrees C, which was exceptionally warm.
“Overall, I enjoyed the race. Although tough, it was fun. I started off with a very fast pace which not many of my competitors could keep with. After the first 600 m I settled into a nice easy pace just resting up and focusing on my feel in the water.
Towards the end of the race, I picked up my stroke rate and sprinted in to finish.
The event was well organised and I give credit to Mike and his organisational team,” added Reid, who is also a former Steers Marina Mile winner.
Kaley Gouws emerged victorious in the women’s mile from Tarryn Els and Hannah Haswell. The race was exciting with the lead changing hands several times before Gouws put down the hammer and sprinted to victory.
Seth de Swart (14 yrs) was the top placed Jeffreys Bay swimmer and finished in a very credible 17 position.
The top 20 finish will see Seth be one of the seeding swimmers in next year’s River Mile.
Brenton Williams completed his third successive River Mile just swimming butterfly, while Mally Richards notched up yet another River Mile to take his tally to 61 completed Miles, a phenomenal achievement.
780 swimmers completed the women’s and the men’s miles in the Sundays River.
The next open water swim event is the Metsi Eastern Province Open Water Champs that will take place on Sunday at Marina Martinique.
Online registrations can be done at www.swimmingplus.com