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Records tumble a River Mile Festival

February 26, 2013
Mally Richards with his grandsons Marc (11), Sean (14) and son Kevin (a former 6 times River Mile champion) Photo : Zports

Mally Richards with his grandsons Marc (11), Sean (14) and son Kevin (a former 6 times River Mile champion) Photo : Zports

The 89th SPAR River Mile took place over the past weekend at the picturesque Cannonville Village on the Sundays River with over 1,300 participants taking part over the two day event in near perfect weather.

 

Olympic open water swimmer, Jessica Roux of Port Elizabeth, defended her ladies Mile title in a hard fought race with young 15 year old Megan van Wyk of Team Watersmart with Roux’s Aquabear team mate Jessica Liss in third place. In the Men’s race it was 17 year old Grey High School scholar Chris Reid who took the honours from Byron Lockett and Alard Basson.  Basson’s twin Alaric finished 6th and they were one of two pairs of brother s who finished within the top ten with the Jones’ brothers Daniel (4th) and Jason (8th).

 

Close on 200 kids took part in the Stormforce Kids Preliminary races across the river which preceded the feature Mile events. Jason Jones and Amy Mardon won the wetsuit Mile event whilst Paralympian swimmer Kevin Paul won the Disabled Mile with Ingrid Kingwill claiming the ladies title.

 

Star of the event was 80 year old Mally Richards who completed his 60th River Mile, finishing a creditable 216th. Richards was awarded an Open Water Swim Participation Longevity World Record certificate from the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame during the Festival prize giving after his swim.

 

Full results from the River Mile are available on http://www.rivermile.co.za

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