Mally swims his 60th Redhouse River Mile

The 2013 Redhouse River Mile saw Jeffreys Bay resident Mally Richards (79 yrs) set a world record when he completed his 60th Mile, a record that will probably never be beaten.

Mally has also been honoured by the International Open Water Hall of Fame for his achievement.

The three generations of the Richards family in the water at the Redhouse River Mile
The three generations of the Richards family in the water at the Redhouse River Mile

Warm water, sunny skies and a light wind greeted the 700 odd swimmers who participated in the annual swim, known as the oldest open water swim event in South Africa.

Marina Mile winner, Chris Reid used the experience he gained in Jeffreys Bay to take the honours in the Men’s race, from Byron Lockett, a former Redouse and Marina Mile winner.

Jessica Roux, who defended her Redhouse title successfully yesterday, is also the current title holder of the Marina Mile swim.

But the day belonged to Mally Richards, who swam with his son Kevin as well as his two grandchildren Sean and Marc, both of whom were swimming their first ever Redhouse River Mile.

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Mally swam his first River Mile back in 1947.

Caro de Jager was the first woman from Jeffreys Bay out of the water when she finished in 10th place. Seth de Swart was the first local male to finish the swim in 28th position. Seth was also 3rd overall in his age group.

Brenton Williams swam the Redhouse River Mile doing only butterfly the entire distance for a second year in a row.

Joel Carlse (11 yrs) was the youngest local swimmer to complete the mile when he finished in a respectable 150th place out of 427 male swimmers.

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