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Just over 1000 eager swimmers gathered at the water’s edge of the Eikenhof Dam (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape) on Saturday, 14 February 2015 to be part of the action of the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile.
Competition was rife in the elite men’s race with Danie Marais, Myles Brown and Chad Ho swimming neck on neck for the duration of the event. The deciding factor would be an exciting sprint to the finish, with Marais clinching victory mere seconds ahead of Brown. “I felt good in the water, focused and ready to race,” said Marais. “Staying with Chad and Myles, I focused on my own race. When there was approximately 400m to 500m left I decided to give my all. I am very happy with my win. Although I train in Durban, I am originally from Clifton, so claiming a win in Cape Town is really nice”. Marais claimed victory in a lightning fast time of 17 minutes 41 seconds. Myles Brown came in second, while Chad Ho finished third.
Elite swimmer Michelle Weber set the pace in the women’s race completing the Sanlam Cape Mile in an awe-inspiring time of 18 minutes 48 seconds. According to Weber she was surprised to hear that this was the inaugural event. “There was so much hype building up to the Sanlam Cape Mile. I actually thought that it has been taking place for quite some time already. My strategy was to go all out from the start and keep my pace, start hard, finish hard. The venue is beautiful and I love the dark water of the Eikenhof Dam. I am stoked with my win and will definitely come back next year. Cape Town is just so beautiful, I love it”. Carmen Le Roux came in second, while Clarice Le Roux finished third.
Featuring an action-packed Mile (1.6km) swim and a fun filled 500m swim, Sanlam Cape Mile participants could enter in the following categories:
- U13 male and female
- 14-30 male and female
- 31-40 male and female
- 41-50 male and female
- 51-60 male and female
- 60+ male and female
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The Sanlam Cape Mile is sanctioned by the Western Province Aquatics (WPA).
The swim partner of the Sanlam Cape Mile, Speedo SA aims to inspire people to swim and encourage them to choose swimming for fitness and as their sport of choice.
Coming Up Next: The Sanlam Cape Mile is deemed to be the ideal warm up swim for the Totalsports XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT that will take place at the Grabouw Country Club next weekend (20 – 22 February 2015).
Visit www.speedo.co.za, follow Speedo SA on Facebook and @speedosa on Twitter and #GETSPEEDOFIT. For additional information on the Sanlam Cape Mile please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE SANLAM GROUP
Sanlam is a leading financial services group listed on the JSE Limited and the Namibian stock exchange. Since its inception in 1918, Sanlam has transformed itself from a life insurance company to a fully diversified financial services business with assets of more than R560 billion and a global footprint. Areas of expertise include insurance, financial planning, retirement, investment and wealth, with comprehensive and tailored financial solutions to individual and institutional clients.
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