WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA – On Sunday, 19 November, some 204 athletes participated in the Torpedo SwimRun Cape Town Race 2, the only race of its kind in Africa.
Starting at Sandy Bay, athletes ran various distances from beach-to-beach, then swam a distance in the ocean at each beach, eventually finishing at Clifton 4 Beach.
The Swim totalled 3km made up of 8 segments (375m average segment), and the Running totalled 13km made up of 8 segments (1.6km average segment).
The beaches were Sandy Bay, Llandudno, Oudekraal, Cosy Bay, Koeel Bay, Bakoven, Camps Bay, Glen Beach, Maidens Cove, and Clifton 4 Beach.
Jeep Team triathlete, Michael Lord, paired up with top Namibian triathlete, JP Burger, and put on a stellar performance to win the event in a time of 02:00:18, over three minutes ahead of Calvin Amor and Shane Fourie in second, and Robert Tweddle and Robert Shaff in third.
Lord and Burger also won the inaugural Torpedo SwimRun in January this year.
Based on the overseas race format, SwimRun is a new team event that attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community to compete against each other and test their limits along the Cape coastline. With no transition zones, athletes must swim in their running shoes and run in their wetsuits.
Says Lord, “I’m so chuffed to defend our Torpedo SwimRun title. It was another amazing event in perfect conditions. The Cape coastline is perfectly suited to these races, allowing you to explore areas you would never normally go. Thank you very much to the race organisers. Very well done and respect to my teammate, JP, who raced like a machine today, even after coming second in the Race2Stanford Half-Ironman on Saturday.”
The event included 6 running and 6 swimming legs, totalling 13km of running and 3km of swimming, and in this order below. Both athletes in the team had to race together and finish together.
Leg Name Start Finish Distance
Run 1 Wreck’d Run Sandy Bay Ridge Sandy Bay Beach 1200m
Swim 1 The Cold Nudist Sandy Bay Beach Sandy Bay Rocks 500m
Run 2 Aimee’s Elbow Sandy Bay Rocks Llandudno Backline 1300m
Swim 2 The Green Room Llandudno Backline Llandudno Beach 900m
Run 3 Out of Touch Llandudno Beach Oudekraal 4300m
Swim 3 The 12 Apostles Oudekraal Cosy Bay 1300m
Run 4 Cooked Runner Cosy Bay Bakoven Rocks 3400m
Swim 4 Take the Gap Bakoven Beach Camps Bay Tidal Pool 300m
Run 5 Not Average Camps Bay Tidal Pool Camps Bay Beach 700m
Swim 5 Big Wednesday Camps Bay Beach Glen Beach 400m
Run 6 Kids Play Glen Beach Maidens Cove 900m
Swim 6 High Spirits Maidens Cove Clifton 4 Beach 400m
Results – Torpedo SwimRun
1. Michael Lord and JP Burger 02:00:18
2. Calvin Amor and Shane Fourie 02:03:45
3. Robert Tweddle and Robert Shaff 02:12:59
1. Linda Detering and Bianca Tarboton 02:26:37
2. Christina Geromont and Alessandra Bayly 02:46:56
3. Karen Graaff and Jacqueline Vockins 02:58:18
1. Nicholas Quenet and Alexandra Quenet 02:04:26
2. Tanya Marshall and Leonhard Lukoschek 02:24:11
3. Birgitt Ouweneel and Nolan Steele 02:25:18
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