Swimmers, runners gear up for hot series

THE popular Nelson Mandela Bay Ocean Racing Series returns to Hobie Beach on Sunday for round six, with hundreds of swimmers, runners and children expected to take part.

Billed as Africa’s largest family beach lifestyle event, the series already has more than 1000 registered participants across the five events on offer each race day.

As the Ocean Series moves into the second half of its ninth season, the focus for the top participants moves to the overall standings for the remaining six race days.

Participants accumulate points based on positions at each round, with their top eight finishes out of a possible 11 races counting.

Participants have to complete at least six race days to qualify for the overall standings.

With five wins out of five races, Daniel Jones, 16, is the clear leader in the Dischem 1km swim. He is being chased in the overall standings by Joshua Bellairs and Robert Masterton, while Kirsten Marriot leads the girls’ division from Amy Keech and Antonella Saporta.

In the 2km swim, 18-year-old Wayne Jones leads from older brother Jason, with veteran PJ Duffy in third place overall. Liza Bright heads the women’s category from Tracy Gous and Denise Bosman.

In the Kingfisher FM 5km beach run, 16-year-old Keegan Cooke leads the series ahead of Munro Ferreira and Juwayne Fletcher, with Megan Snyman, 12, on top in the girls’ section, ahead of Annie Oakley and Tania Burger.

Juan Slabbert and Mile Vermaak head the men’s and women’s sections respectively in the Swirlers 5km beach walk.

In the popular Crickley Dairy Kids’ 1km beach run, Chad Brown and Tayla Pretorius lead the six years and under category, Josh Pretorius and Jodi Wilson the seven to eight years, Zack Serfontein and Tara Sacke the nine to 10 years, and Rayhaan Botha and Monique Ferreira the 11-12 years.

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