Locals do J’Bay proud in Mile

JEFFREYS Bay locals did the town proud at the weekend during the Spar Red House River Mile.
The undisputed star of the show was Jeffreys Bay veteran Mally Richards, 79, who took part in his 59th Mile, a record that will probably never be surpassed. Richards is the father of Kevin, himself a multiple Redhouse Mile champion in his day.
Mally was joined by another Jeffreys Bay swimmer Brenton Williams who became the first person ever to complete the Redhouse Mile by only swimming butterfly. Williams also swam this stroke at the Steers Marina Mile as well as the 10km event at Marina Martinique in December.
Up-and-coming swimmer Caro de Jager, also from Jeffreys Bay, finished in the top 10 in the women’s Mile, indicating that she is a swimmer who could well challenge for top honours in time to come.
Jessica Roux, the queen of the Steers Marina Mile, added another title to her name by winning the event for the first time.
“I have wanted to win the Redhouse for a long time now and am really happy that it has eventually happened,” said Roux after the race.
“It was a tough swim with Jessica Liss setting a fast pace but I remained calm and made my move towards the end of the race”.
Olympian Troy Prinsloo travelled down from Durban and dominated the men’s race to win his first ever Redhouse River Mile title.
“It was a fast race and we had the current pushing us the whole way so I could really put my head down and have a fast swim,” said Prinsloo who won silver at the Midmar Mile last weekend.
The South African 5km champion, who won his title at Marina Martinique at the SA Champs last year, is hoping to be back in Jeffreys Bay to swim a 10km event in March as he goes about trying to qualify for the marathon swim at the Olympic Games in London later this year.
The next open water swim event is on March 4 at Marina Martinique.

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