Just under 300 participants took part in the last Spec-Savers race of the Eastern Cape’s largest water sport Series, the SPAR Ocean Racing Series, at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth on Sunday morning, with Velia Janse van Rensburg once again beating 82 2km swimmers in the premier race of the Series.
South Africa’s champion 10km open water swimmer lead from start to finish, and completed the 2km distance in 26min 19secs, her class showing in her victory in the open event over all contenders, including men’s event and South African Ironman Champion, Raynard Tissink, in second place, while Jessica Roux didn’t do too shabbily in her third place overall, and second in the women’s discipline.
With 490 Series registered participants and over 400 temporary entrants having taken part during this six month summer Series, Series 4 which starts in October is sure to attract over 1000 participants.
The Series enjoyed huge popularity amongst the previously disadvantaged communities, thanks to the support from Burmeister de Lange inc, with teams from the Motherwell and Kwazakhele swimming clubs, and Khayalethu Youth Centre attending all twelve races of the Series in great numbers, and featuring prominently amongst the prizes over the past six month Series.
All Series registered participants are now looking forward to Saturday’s final Series prize-giving function at News Café, where one lucky participant will win a FIAT Strada X-Space bakkie for one year from Eastern Cape Fiat, just for taking part.
Other lucky draw prizes up for grabs on the evening will include a Red7 Surf Ski valued at R6,500, a Blueseventy wetsuit valued at R3,500 and shopping vouchers valued at over R2,000.
Tickets at only R40 for the function are available from News Cafe, and the function will kick off at 5pm with live entertainment being provided by the Boardwalk.