Light rain could not deter the excitement felt at the start of the Western Cape’s most exhilarating open water swim, the second annual Sanlam Cape Mile on Sunday. The Men’s Elite Race delivered on its promise with Myles Brown, Chad Ho and Danie Marais fighting it out from start to finish. Brown says: ‘Conditions were good going into the start. I felt really calm. After last year’s race I knew that it would be down to the finish and that I had to stick with Chad and Danie. As we rounded the last buoy I put my head down and just swam. I had to get up before Chad. Being the one that is doing the pipping is a much better feeling. The Sanlam Cape Mile is an awesome event. It is well run, hosted at a beautiful venue and has a really good vibe. I’ll definitely be back next year.’
Chad Ho came in second, with Danie Marais securing the final spot on the podium. Reigning Sanlam Cape Mile Elite Women’s Champion, Michelle Weber successfully defended her title in a well-deserved time of 19 minutes 15 seconds. She says: ‘Being able to defend my title is an awesome feeling. I mainly entered just to have fun, but with the big prize purse I definitely wanted to win. With Sanlam and Speedo onboard the Sanlam Cape Mile has become a big event and is sure to become one of the biggest in the world. The event is incredible with an amazing vibe, good music and food stalls. It’s the perfect family event.’
Carmen Le Roux came in second, while Mari Rabie finished third. The 2016 Sanlam Cape Mile celebrated an impressive prize purse increase of R90 000, taking the total prize purse to a whopping R140 000.
Swimming enthusiasts not yet ready for the 1.6km Sanlam Cape Mile could sign up for the less daunting 500m swim.
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Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg