Top EP Triathlete Dan Howitz claimed the inaugural City Lodge Hotels Group 3 Beaches Challenge individual title yesterday morning as over 100 participants took to this new and exciting event. Howitz, who placed 2nd last weekend in the SA Triathlon championships at the same venue, had to fight hard for victory and took the lead with around 1km to go.
First across the finish line on Wednesday morning was Lifesaving Ironman Andrew Skowno of the Summerstrand Surf Lifesaving Club. Skowno was in impressive form, leading the 1.6km surf ski, 800m swim, 1.1km Malibu Board paddle and 3km run from start to finish to complete the race in 42min 15 seconds from Luvuyo Nonzinyana and Francois Gous with Faye Cowie winning the ladies ironman in 49:58 from mother of two, Tracy Gous.
The swim category saw over 70 individuals heading off from Pollok Beach before coming out at Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach and finally onto Kings Beach before running back to Pollok Beach. Kings Beach Surf Lifesaver and top Masters open water swimmer PJ Duffy led from the start but was unable to maintain the lead on the run route with Howitz just too fast once he’d left the water. Duffy completed the event in 59:12, just under 45 seconds behind Howitz with seasoned triathlete and ironman competitor Alec Riddle in 3rd place. Liza Bright won the ladies individual race in 1hr 1min and 20seconds from Jade Hooke and EP swimmer Rebecca Newman.