Christmas Swim Midmar Mile Seeding – Sunday 9 December 2018

Near-perfect conditions presented an early festive season gift to all who turned out to participate in the Dolphin Mile/Double Mile Surf Swim on Sunday morning.  A fairly flat sea had a small surf break on an outgoing low tide under warm and overcast weather conditions.

The 208 entrants, male and female from age 10 to 60+, for this Christmas event and Midmar Mile qualifier, were keen to take to the water.  A good core of committed regulars encouraged and supported a few visitors to Durban who had turned up for a taste of open water surf swimming.  An air of excited anticipation was clearly evident at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, some of this fueled by the group of swimmers keen to test themselves over the longer “double mile” (3.2km) distance.

Conditions allowed the water safety team the easy choice of a course start on the beach about 200m south of the bathing area in front of the MSLSC clubhouse. From the start, the school of swimmers took to the water in the direction of a large red pyramid buoy directly off the beach.  A left turn north at the buoy, and they were on course towards the yellow turning-leg marker buoys off Addington Hospital.  Two right turns at either end of this short northern turning leg had the swimmers heading south on the longest leg of the course. Two right turns at the turning buoys off uShaka Pier and the swimmers were on their north again.

Mile swimmers simply made a left turn on reaching the pyramid buoy off the beach for a swim through the small surf and shallows to the finish pen up the beach.  The “double milers” continued past the red buoy to begin their lengthened second lap of the course to complete the 3.2km distance.

First Mile male finisher was Mark Spencer. First female finisher of the Mile event was Keli Reynolds.

First Double Mile male finisher was David Hadenham.and first female finisher was Kim Watchurst.

See summary table of results below and full results here

Brief summary tables of event and age group category results for Sunday 9 December 2018 is as follows:

MILE EVENT (1.6km)

Category Male Female
First male/female Mark Spencer Keli Reynolds
M/F 10 to 12 Jonathan Hoarau Tasnim Nabbie
M/F 13 to 30 Mark Spencer Keli Reynolds
M/F 31 to 40 Jason Cooke Sarah Ferguson
M/F 41 to 50 Stefan vd Westhuizen Catherine Brown
M/F 51 to 60 Michiel Kemper Veronica Dyson
M/F 61 and over Warren Narramore Sara Havemann


Category Male Female
First male/female David Hadenham Kim Watchurst
M/F 10 to 12 Jessica Burwood
M/F 13 to 30 Storm Dantu Jade-Lee Redman
M/F 31 to 40 Sandile Shange (wetsuit) Kelly Kidgell
M/F 41 to 50 David Hadenham Kim Watchurst
M/F 51 to 60 Mike Raubenheimer Janine Serrurier
M/F 61 to 70 Russell Upneck Helen Lucre
M/F 71 + Jimmy Hughes


The start of a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event follows registration in the impressive Marine Surf Lifesaving Club clubhouse facility between Addington and uShaka Beaches.  The course is set, marshaled and patrolled by members of the Marine SLSC safety team with a crew in an inflatable, and others on surfskis and Malibu boards under the watchful eye of the MSLC crew and Safety Officer, Mike Raubenheimer, and event Organizer, Heather Campbell. The course start and finish positions are adjusted for each of the Dolphin Mile events, according to prevailing surf conditions and in the best interests of the participating swimmers’ safety.

The size of more recent groups of entrants, both male and female from age ten through to seventy-plus years, indicates the growing appeal of the challenge of this event to all levels of participating swimmer.

With the organizer’s emphasis on the promotion of participation, with a small measure of recognition for elite performance, the success of this nationally unique and self-sustaining series can be attributed to the support of the local swimming fraternity. Also most supportive of the series are those who come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.

Results are quickly correlated and a brief prize giving is held in the Marine SLC Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.

Marine SLC, once again, hosted all events of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series. A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, must go to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club members for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to make use of their wonderful facility for these surf swim events.

Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series’ swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) are issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for events.

The first Dolphin Mile event of the 2019 surf swim calendar is the Triple Distance Surf Swim  on Sunday 31 March where swimmers may enter for events over distances of 800m  OR  1.6 km  OR  3.2 km  OR  5.4 km.



 The first 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim SERIES event is Event #1 on Sunday 7 April 2019.


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