Torpedo SwimRun Wild took place over two days in the Wilderness area over the weekend, with a 6km prologue on Friday and a 26km main event on Saturday, made up of multiple segments of swimming, running and “swambling”, which is a rugged combination of swimming and scrambling over rocks. Teams from Llandudno Surf Lifesaving in Cape Town dominated both the mens and womens podiums, and also delivered the mixed team winner.
Calvin Amor and Nik Martin were the Men’s overall winners, and Rob Tweddle and Rob Shaff were second. All four athletes are Llandudno Surf Lifesavers. Port Elizabeth triathlete brothers Keegan and Jarryd Cooke, having finished two minutes clear of other athletes in the prologue event on the Friday, were looking like strong candidates to take the win, but a wrong turn took them off course and they did well to come third overall.
Both the top two women’s teams are also from Llandudno Surf Lifesaving. Jamie Day and Lauren Granger were first, beating previous Torpedo SwimRun Cape winners, Bianca Tarboton and Linda Detering, into second place. In third place were Carla Farina and Su-Yen Thornhill. The winning Mixed team was Alessandra Bayly and Johann Minnaar.
Richard McMartin, Torpedo SwimRun co-founder, says they are thrilled with how the event went: “After the success of the first two Cape events that include tough cold ocean swims, it was great to see the format work equally well in our first freshwater SwimRun. We have some of the most beautiful coastlines, waterways, beaches and forests in South Africa, and I believe we have the potential to be the SwimRun capital of the world.”
Nik Martin says: “This was one of the most unbelievable physical events I have ever done. The technicality of the whole route, especially the Kaaimans, was spectacular – diving in and out of the pools, jumping, slipping and sliding over the rocks. We struggled a bit running on the flats, but made up time on the Kaaimans, which gave a us the solid lead.”
Lauren Granger had this to say: “That is without a doubt the most fun I have had in any race, swimming, running, or otherwise. So much variety, starting off in the beautiful Kaaimans. It’s tough, it’s challenging, it’s nothing anyone is used to and you figure it out as you go along. It’s been the most unreal experience and the race is incredible.”
SwimRun offers off-road and open-water adventure along coastal and inland waterways, with routes designed around the natural environment and with distances varying from race to race. The multiple swim and run segments see athletes swimming and running in the same gear, with no transitions as there are in triathlon.
“We are announcing another event in the Torpedo SwimRun Series this week, and look forward to catering for a bigger group of athletes at our next freshwater event that will take place in the beautiful Cape Winelands,” says McMartin.
With prize money set at R 100k for November’s Cape event, Torpedo SwimRun is attracting both serious competitive athletes, and fit and adventurous fun-seekers.
Further is information available at www.torpedoswimrun.com