PE pair shine as records fall in Ma­rina Mile

Talk of the Town - - Out On The Town - LOUISE KNOWLES

PORT El­iz­a­beth swim­mers Ian Ven­ter, 19, and Han­nah Couni­han, 15, have made a splash by set­ting new records at last Fri­day’s Royal St An­drews Ho­tel Amanzi Fes­ti­val Ma­rina Mile.

They both won tro­phies on which their names will be en­graved.

The Ma­rina Mile at­tracted about 50 swim­mers (up from last year’s 33). At the prize giv­ing last Fri­day Ma­rina Mile co-or­gan­iser, Avril Beyleveld said: “Now that we are con­fi­dent with a good event, we will be able to mar­ket the Ma­rina Mile on a large scale next year.”

After the safety brief­ing, swim­mers en­tered the wa­ter from the jetty be­hind the Hal­yards Ho­tel to reach the start­ing line at the canal, then set off around the first ma­rina is­land, returning to the Hal­yards and the small boat har­bour up the Kowie River.

There were three swim­ming cat­e­gories: ju­niors (12-18) who wore yel­low bathing caps, open sec­tion (19-29) who wore red and se­niors (30+) who wore white bathing caps, nec­es­sary for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at the fin­ish line.

One sec­tion of the river was silted up and swim­mers re­turned with mud on their chins.

“That is the na­ture of open wa­ter swim­ming,” said Beyleveld. “You take it as you find it.”

Ven­ter fin­ished the race first in a record-break­ing time (21:53) fol­lowed by last year’s win­ner, Slater Black, 17, who was five sec­onds be­hind in 21:58, im­prov­ing on his own time last year (23:15). In third place was an­other ju­nior, Cole Craig, 18, who was also sec­ond in the ju­nior sec­tion. He swims for the same swim­ming club in Port El­iz­a­beth as the first two swim­mers. His time was 22:59.

The first fe­male across the fin­ish line was Couni­han in a time of 23:05, fol­lowed by last year’s win­ner, Paige Black in a time of 23:31, beat­ing her own record of 25:06 last year. Court­ney Repine was third in an­other record time of 24:05.

Mem­bers of the Port Al­fred swim­ming team also par­tic­i­pated and won some prizes. They were Saf­fron Tweedie, Emily Beatt, Scar­lett Tweedie, Wil­liam Beatt and Kate Tin­ley.

Jenny Middleton came last but was by far the most pop­u­lar swimmer as the en­tire Pres­by­te­rian Church turned up to sup­port their min­is­ter, who was swim­ming to raise funds for char­ity. She and last male, Ver­non Bezuiden­hout, fin­ished the race to­gether in 50:37.

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