Fresh from his historic False Bay crossing, Ned Denison was keen to get a feel for the open water racing scene in South Africa. Last weekend, he took part in one of the country’s biggest events, the Brian Curtis Mile, one of the seeded events for the world-famous aQuellé Midmar Mile, the largest open water event in the world!
Ned performed exceptionally well in a race that included two South African national swimmers, Troy Prinsloo and Danie Marais, as well as other big names on the South African racing scene such as Phil Emslie. There were four 1 mile heats available to swimmers and Ned, like a good few others, decided to swim in all four, which were held back-to-back. In the first mile, he finished in 10th place (out of 167) with a time of 23:36 and was the fastest swimmer over the age of 30! In the second mile, he finished in 4th place (out of 50) with a time of 24:21. In the third mile, he finished in 6th place (out of 19) with a time of 25:00, and in the fourth (final) mile, he finished in 6th place (out of 17) with a time of 25:15. In every mile-long heat, he was the fastest swimmer in the 51+ age group, which isn’t so bad for an old man!
Troy Prinsloo is currently in Cape Town for his attempt to break the world record for the fastest crossing from Robben Island to the mainland. This is one of the four big solo swims that Ned has completed in South Africa over the last two years.