The local Redhouse Swimming Club won the inaugural race in 1924 with Roy Gregory the first man home to become the first ever River Mile Champion. Redhouse teams continued to be successful in this event for many years and won the cup 14 times. In 1924, the first race saw 44 of the 48 men complete the swim.
The Ladies quarter-mile race, replaced by the Ladies Mile race in 1987, was first held in 1932 when Ethel Smith was the winner in 6 minutes 27 seconds. In 1948, a 12-year-old Olympic swimmer Joan Harrison won in 6 minutes 10.3 seconds. For good reason, swimmers keep on coming back to do the River Mile.
Led by the legend of the River Mile, 81-year-old Mally Richards of Jeffreys Bay who has completed 60 River Mile swims since his first in 1947. “I have been swimming since I was a boy and this is what I enjoy the most. I am hoping to do this till I die,” Richards said. The Uitenhage-born pensioner now retired in Jeffreys Bay started swimming for fun at 14, while still a pupil at Muir Collage and swam his first River Mile in mid-1940’s.
Date: December 03, 2015 06:22
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