We have just returned from an interesting but successful Durban 70.3 event. Whilst a lot of Team Tissink athletes opted to skip this event and rest after IMSA, we still had a good showing and some excellent results.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen swim conditions like that before. When the announcement came that the swim was cancelled, we were all disappointed, and thought that it wasn’t actually that bad. But walking down to the beach, we saw that there was a hectic rip current and realized that Paul Wolff had definitely made the right call to cancel.
The pros were immediately dragged a couple of hundred meters past the first buoy, meaning that they had to fight all the way back to get around the buoy. Some had more problems coming back out as the massive waves and rip current saw a lot of the athletes pummelled by the waves and battling to get back up to the surface.
It was a relief to have them all safely on the shore, and an exciting race unfolded. Our Team Tissink pro, Annah Watkinson did us proud taking her first win as a professional athlete. Well Done Annah!!
And to Coach Ray, who has now taken 2 of SA’s top age groupers, through to the Pro Category and onto the top step.
The Age Group race was also an interesting one, with athletes starting in bunches of 10+ every 5 secs.
Congrats to our Top 10 Age Group finishers:
Jeren Seegers – 1st in the 30-34 age group in a fantastic time of 3:39:51 and 2nd Age Grouper overall
James Welsh – 1st in the 55-59 age group in a 3:53:45 and 14th Age Grouper overall
Odessa Perelson – 3rd in the 30-34 age group in a 4:23:57
Claudia Harcus – 4th in the 35-39 age group in a 4:23:43
Roger Hooke – 5th in the 55-59 age group in a 4:23:21
Mark Alderman – 5th in the 45-49 age group in a 4:10:54
Helder de Elmeida Silva – 9th in the 60-64 age group in a 5:19:05