The day of the Dis-Chem Sun City Swim lived up to the resort’s name, with plenty of sunshine and a beautiful day to go for a swim!
Event 1 was a 3km swim, which splashed off at 8am. To no-one’s surprise it was seven-time aQuellé Midmar Mile winner, Chad Ho, who was the first man out of the water, in an impressive time of 33:09. Chris McGlynn was out of the water just 30 seconds later and third place went to Ruan Breytenbach, who was hot on McGlynn’s heels in a time of 33:42.
The first lady out of the water was former aQuellé Midmar Mile champion Michelle Weber, in a time of 35:40. Second place went to Robyn Kinghorn in 36:32, with Samantha Randle rounding off the podium in 37:06.
At the same time as the 3km swimmers were in the water, a 1 500-metre race for disabled swimmers was also underway. The first man to finish this race was former Olympian Terence Parkin, in a time of 25:10. Not far behind was Slindokuhle Mabanga, who exited the water in 25:50. Third place went to Gift Mncube in 29:59. The first lady out of the water was Laurette Seyffert in 30:48. She was followed by Ariella Levin (34:05) and Elvira Wood (35:04).
Then it was on to the second event of the day — the women’s 31 and over; girls 13 and under race. The first person in the 13 and under category to exit the water, and win the race overall, was Hannah Robertson, in a time of 19:24. First place in the 31 and over category was Megan Albertyn, in 21:55.
Then it was on to the men’s race, and the strength of Team Albertyn was once again showcased when Gary Albertyn won convincingly in 19:22. The first junior, Alexander Wehmeyer, finished the race in 20:36 and in fifth position overall.
The second to last competitive race of the day was the women’s 14-30 event, in which Michelle Weber once again took top honours, this time in 18:11. The podium was a perfect replica of the 3km race, with Robyn Kinghorn finishing second (18:21) with Samantha Randle (18:29) in third position.
The excitement of the day reached fever pitch in event 5, the men’s 14-30 event, when all four of the top swimmers were out of the water within 10 seconds of each other. First place went to Chad Ho in a time of 16:46, with Chris McGlynn once again hot on his heels in 16:49. Third place went to Ruan Breytenbach, and fourth to Henre Louw — both in a time of 16:55. The line judges determined that Breytenbach had, by a hair’s breadth, taken third place. The day was concluded by the 600-metre vita-thion Fun Swim.
The Dis-Chem Sun City Swim would like to say a massive thank you to all our sponsors — Dis-Chem, SuperGroup, Techni-Block, vita-thion, Bené Water, Panamor Gel, Biogen and Mitchum.
To every swimmer who participated, we hope you had a fantastic swim, and we will see you in October 2019.