Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape) – 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, 07 February 2016.
The Men’s Elite Race delivered on its promise with Myles Brown, Chad Ho and Danie Marais fighting it out from start to finish. “Conditions were good going into the start,” says Brown after his impressive 17 minute 56 second victory. “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. “Being able to defend my title is an awesome feeling,” says Weber. “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.
“It was an incredible day with so many of the country’s elite swimmers taking part in this year’s Cape Mile,” said Carl Roothman, CE of the Retail Business at Sanlam Investments. “Over 1500 participants competed in the various categories and I am confident that with our Sanlam sponsorship we can grow the Sanlam Cape Mile into one of SA’s premier open-water swims.”
“I’d like to congratulate Myles Brown and Michelle Weber on taking the top spots for the male and female categories. It was also heart-warming to see the huge number of spectators, family and friends who came along to support their loved ones.”
“Finally, I would like to thank and congratulate Stillwater Sports on putting together another successful world class event.”
The 2016 Sanlam Cape Mile celebrated an impressive prize purse increase of R90 000, taking the total prize purse to a whopping R140 000. All entrants stood the chance to win fantastic prizes compliments of Speedo.
“Speedo is a proud sponsor of the Sanlam Cape Mile which is fast becoming one of SA’s premier open water events. We encourage swimmers from across the country to participate in this exciting event which draws some of the country’s top names and those who share a passion for swimming,” says Deidre Scodeller, Speedo SA, Brand General Manager.
Swimming enthusiasts not yet ready for the 1.6km Sanlam Cape Mile could sign up for the less daunting 500m swim.
|Event||Batch||Age Category||Start Time|
|Mile/1.6km||A||u/13 and 51+||08:30|
|B||41 – 50||09:15|
|C||31 – 40||10:00|
|E||14 – 30||11:30|
ShenFM closed off a superb day of swimming, dazzling the crowd with a musical style that reflected the diversity of African, rock and dance blended with the fine overtones of Jazz and Western traditions.
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The Sanlam Cape Mile is sanctioned by the Western Province Aquatics.