year old Elsa Craig was the star of the 2nd round of the EPA Swim
Challenge Series held at Marina Martinique over the weekend. Craig,
swimming in the Cirrus 3km swim finished in a time of 57min 40sec which
is within the SA colours qualifying time for swimmers 60 years and
over. Craig is also the local representative for Masters swimming in
the Eastern Cape, having represented South Africa on numberous
occassions for masters swimming.
The strength and depth of Masters swimming in the region was evident
over the weekend with almost half the field comprising of Masters
swimmers. Leading the charge was JC van Wyk with a great win in the
Jeffreys Bay News 5km event in the over 40 age group whilst Russell
Tucker and Glenda-Lee Thomas won the over 50 age group category.
Brenton Williams rounded off a busy weekend with a 3rd in the Insight
Properties 10km swim and then going on to win the Cirrus 3km swim from
Denise Bosman (1st lady). In the Training Edge 1km swim it was 13 year
old Tarryn Els winning in a time of 14min 29sec from Caro de Jager and
Ian Venter. Local swimmers Danie and Pieter Ellis dominated the kids
Round 2 also saw the first 10km open water swim of the season with
Michael Marais, the reigning EP 10km champion, having a comfortable win
in the Insight Properties 10km swim in a time of 2hrs 14min. Rebecca
Newman claimed the ladies race in 2hrs 30min whilst Kouga swim coach,
Brenton Williams, was the first masters swimmer in 2hrs 57min.
Chris van de Sande continued his dominance with an easy win in the
Jeffreys Bay News 5km swim race ahead of Hanre Barnard and ladies
winner Jamie-Lee Schlemmer.
In the Training Edge 1km swim it was 13 year old Tarryn Els winning in
a time of 14min 29sec from Caro de Jager and Ian Venter. Local swimmers
Danie and Pieter Ellis dominated the kids 500m race. Full results and
details of the next open water swimming event are available on the
website www.ecswim.co.za. The next round of the EPA Swim Challenge
Series in Marina Martinique will be over the weekend 27/28 November