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VIDEO: Venter, de Jager wins SPAR Men’s and Ladies River Miles respectively

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 28, 2017
VIDEO: Venter, de Jager wins SPAR Men’s and Ladies River Miles respectively

The Spar Summer Festival took place at Sundays River last weekend on the 25th and 26th of February respectively.

Organized by Zsports, the Spar Summer Festival, or formerly known as the Spar River Mile, which took place at the Redhouse River, celebrated its 93rd anniversary in the 2017 edition.

The festival took place at the Cannonville slipway at Sundays River, with festivities and events suitable for the whole family, including crafts, vendors, stalls, a beer garden, ‘anything that floats’ and the variety of sporting events.

The sporting events included mountain bike cycles, runs and the obvious swimming races for the competitive markets. On Saturday, the 5km fun run, 42km and 16km mountain bike cycles and the double mile and half-mile swim races took place respectively.

Sunday saw the main events, which included the overall men’s and women’s SPAR River miles, as well as the respective kid’s races in categories from under-8 to the under-12’s.

A total of 284 men took part in the SPAR Men’s River Mile and a total 226 women in the SPAR Ladies River Mile.

Image credit to Zsports

Top five results in each category:

SPAR Men’s River Mile:

1). Ian Venter (17, Pearson High School) – 14:01.1

2). Nicolas Adam (24, NMMU) – 14:15.7

3). Cullen Biddulph (14, Southwest Constitute) – 14:19.7

4). Slater Black (15, Pearson High School) – 14:21.7

5). Cole Craig (16, Grey High School) – 14:28.6

SPAR Ladies River Mile:

1). Amica de Jager (17, Woodridge College) – 17:23.5

2). Kirsten Marriott (20, NMMU) – 17:45.5

3). Payton Horton (16, St. Dominics Priory) – 18:40.0

4). Jenna Biddulph (12, Southwest Constitute) – 18:44.4

5). Jessica Booth (14, Collegiate Girls’ High) – 18:47.0