On the 9th and 10th of February, I will be racing the Midmar Mile as part of the 8 Mile club. The 8 Mile club exists for two purposes. Firstly they give 50 swimmers each year the opportunity to race all 8 one mile races that take place over the weekend. Secondly they have a very strong charity component.
Each year during the second weekend of February about 17 – 18 000 swimmers meet to tackle the world’s largest open water swim. Over the years more and more swims have been added on the weekend so as to give as many people as possible the chance to swim. The current format consists of 4 Saturday swims and 4 Sunday swims. The 8 mile club swimmers swim in all 8 races.
This will be my fourth time that I take part in one of my favourite events on the racing calendar. The 8 mile swimmers line up for the start of each race, swim the distance, cross the finish line and then make their way back about 500m to a food and rest area. Swimmers spend about 15-20 minutes there before catching a boat back to the start for the next race. They are also known at the gold caps due to the colour of swimming caps worn. This is a picture of top South African swimmer Terence Parkin with his gold cap on and Charlene Wittstock, the Princess of Monaco
I will be swimming to collect money for the Village Safe Haven. The home is situated in Buccleuch . The home cares for orphaned and abandoned children. I have had the privilege of being involved with the home from its inception and was chairman of its board for a period of time. You can find out more about the home on www.villagesafehaven.org.za/index.html
Please would you or your company look at making a contribution to the home via the 8 mile club. You can read more about the club on http://www.midmarmile.co.za/midmar-mile-8-mile-club-keeps-local-charities-afloat/ We have pledge forms here at the shop. Should you be unable to get to the shop you are welcome to leave a message on this blog and I will get back you.