Recently Crowned Ironman Champs Vying For Torpedo Swimrun Podium This Weekend

Torpedo SwimRun

Torpedo SwimRun Wild takes place in Wilderness this Friday 14 and on Saturday 15 September, with Torpedo SwimRun Cape defending champs from both the Men’s and Women’s categories taking on the first freshwater SwimRun in South Africa as favourites.

Men’s winners of both previous Cape events on the Atlantic Coastline in Cape Town, Michael Lord and JP Burger, are starting out confident after Burger’s recent crowning as the Ironman 70.3 World Champion (18 – 24 age category). Other Men’s teams will be looking to upset the pair’s unbeaten record, and Rohan Meyer, another age group Ironman 70.3 World Champion, will be hoping to do just that with team mate Rudolf Visser, who also raced at the World Champs.

Port Elizabeth brothers Keegan and Jarryd Cooke are powerful all-rounders and will be looking to make an impression on their home turf in their first SwimRun. The wildcard Men’s teams are no doubt the agile athletes from Llandudno Surf Lifesaving, Rob Twiddle and Rob Schaff, who came 3rd in Torpedo Cape last year. They have reconnoitered the route and are in good form ahead of the Surf Lifesaving Championships in Australia later this year.

Calvin Amor, who posted many of the fastest run segment times from Torpedo Cape, has enlisted Andy During who is powerful in the water. The first half of the race consists of highly technical swambling (a rugged combination of swimming and scrambling) and if Amor and During have a large enough gap by halfway, they could be hard to pull back.

In the Women’s field Bianca Tarboton and Linda Detering will be tough to beat. Both athletes are strong runners and swimmers and have reconnoitered the Kaaimans ravine over the past months. They will have backup from another strong Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Mixed team, Alessandra Bayly and Johann Minnaar. Bayly won the inaugural Torpedo Cape in 2017 in the Women’s category with team mate Christina Geromont.

The wildcard Women’s team will be Carla Farina and Su-yen Thornhill. Although this will be their first SwimRun, they have strong triathlon backgrounds and will be fast over the open sections of the second half of the course.

The Wild race distance is 26km, made up of four segments totaling 4km, and five run segments totaling 17km. The other 5kms are made up of “swamble”.

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.

Richard McMartin, Torpedo SwimRun co-founder, says that the third Torpedo SwimRun Cape on 18 November is already sold out, and that they are working hard to roll out the series to cater for the growing demand for the sport.

“We are announcing another event in the Torpedo SwimRun Series soon, 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,” he says.

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.

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