My Bridge House Mile 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural Bridge House Mile at the Berg River Dam on 04 November 2012. The event was superbly organised and well attended. It was an absolute pleasure swimming in the clean cool water of the Berg River Dam.

The main Mile event was preceded by a 200m and a 400m event. The majority of the field consisted of school-age swimmers. There were more than enough people out on SUPs as well as two duckies on the water looking after safety.

Again: I could definitely feel Friday afternoon’s Sea Dog in my shoulders, but I am working on the principle that I am going to have to race Totalsports Challenge with a paddle-swim combo, so my shoulders need to get used to the feeling!

I came 52 / 201 (14 / 73 in the wetsuit category) in a time of 00:23:00. I was 8th in my age group (49 – 49), and I got chicked 12 times.

Overall Pos Wetsuit Pos Non-Wetsuit Pos Age Gender Category Name Time
1 1 20 M 20 – 29 Danie Marais 00:16:38
5 1 29 F 20 – 29 Kate Roberts 00:18:13
14 5 45 M 40 – 49 Greg Mcleroth 00:19:16
52 14 41 M 40 – 49 David Fox 00:23:00

Apparently the Berg River Dam is usually out-of-bounds which is a real pity as I believe it could be developed into another world-class sporting venue. Like all of our natural resources it would have to be used sensibly and in a controlled fashion. I believe it would become a great asset, and would provide employment opportunities for the Franschhoek community.


Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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