Redhouse River Mile

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.


Unrecorded winner of the ladies event - Mariliese Lucow of the PEA Ametaur Swimming Club, with local legend Kevin Richards.



Winners of the redhouse river Mile

1924 to 1930

1924

  • Mens Mile: Roy Gregory

1925

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Philip

1926

  • Mens Mile: Ary Snetler

1927

  • Mens Mile: "Doc" McWilliams

1928

  • Mens Mile: "Doc" McWilliams

1929

  • Mens Mile: Ary Snetler

1930

  • Mens Mile: Ary Snetler

1931 to 1940

1931

  • Mens Mile: "Doc" McWilliams

1932

  • Mens Mile: "Doc" McWilliams

1933

  • Mens Mile: H. Hammond

1934

  • Mens Mile: D. McDowell

1935

  • Mens Mile: Otto Schweltzer

1936

  • Mens Mile: Peter Elliot

1937

  • Mens Mile: Peter Elliot

1938

  • Mens Mile: Otto Schweltzer

1939

  • Mens Mile: R. Cherrington

1940

  • Mens Mile: D. Walker

1941 to 1950

1941 to 1945

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1946

  • Mens Mile: Peter Elliot

1947

  • Mens Mile: Peter Elliot

1948

  • Mens Mile: Albert Boliter

1949

  • Mens Mile: Ernie Nicholson

1950

  • Mens Mile: Ernie Nicholson

1951 to 1960

1951

  • Mens Mile: Ernie Nicholson

1952

  • Mens Mile: Derek Staples

1953

  • Mens Mile: Peter Schulze

1954

  • Mens Mile: Derek Staples

1955

  • Mens Mile: Derek Staples

1956

  • Mens Mile: Derek Staples

1957

  • Mens Mile: Derek Staples

1958

  • Mens Mile: Francois Mai

1959

  • Mens Mile: Derek Staples

1960

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Grylls

1961 to 1970

1961

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Grylls

1962

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Grylls

1963

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Grylls

1964

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Grylls

1965

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Grylls

1966

  • Mens Mile: Brian Elliot

1967

  • Mens Mile: Brian Elliot

1968

  • Mens Mile: Geoff Bolton

1969

  • Mens Mile: Brian Elliot

1970

  • Mens Mile: Brian Elliot

1971 to 1980

1971

  • Mens Mile: David Stones

1972

  • Mens Mile: Derek Elliot

1973

  • Mens Mile: Derek Elliot

1974

  • Mens Mile: Peter Horwitz

1975

  • Mens Mile: Brett Bugler

1976

  • Mens Mile: Andre Kotze

1977

  • Mens Mile: Brett Bugler

1978

  • Mens Mile: Mark Edge

1979

  • Mens Mile: Kevin Richards

1980

  • Mens Mile: Kevin Richards

1981 to 1990

1981

  • Mens Mile: Kevin Richards

1982

  • Mens Mile: Kevin Richards

1983

  • Mens Mile: Sean Mulvey

1984

  • Mens Mile: Kevin Richards

1985

  • Mens Mile: Jacques Coetzer

1986

  • Mens Mile: Anthony Aubin

1987

  • Mens Mile: Kevin Richards
  • Ladies Mile: Belinda McFadzean

1988

  • Mens Mile: Jacques Coetzer
  • Ladies Mile: Chantall Tutton

1989

  • Mens Mile: Andrew Turner
  • Ladies Mile: Nicki Hutchinson

1990

  • Mens Mile: Andrew Turner
  • Ladies Mile: Nicki Hutchinson

1991 to 2000

1991

  • Mens Mile: Pierre de Roulbaix
  • Ladies Mile: Amanda Grendon

1992

  • Mens Mile: Pierre de Roulbaix
  • Ladies Mile: Amanda Grendon

1993

  • Mens Mile: Greg Kahn
  • Ladies Mile: Jeanine Steenkamp

1994

  • Mens Mile: Ryk Neethling
  • Ladies Mile: Karen Allers

1995

  • Mens Mile: Mark Harris/Greg Kahn
  • Ladies Mile: Joannie Coetzer

1996

  • Mens Mile: Ryko Marrkgraaff
  • Ladies Mile: Honey King/Joannie Coetzer

1997

  • Mens Mile: Haydn Holmes
  • Ladies Mile: Tracey Barber

1998

  • Mens Mile: Kyle Main
  • Ladies Mile: Dominique Donner

1999

  • Mens Mile: Kyle Main
  • Ladies Mile: Elzet Pretorius

2000

  • Mens Mile: Kyle Main
  • Ladies Mile: Velia Janse van Rensburg

2001 to 2010

2008

  • Men's Mile: Byron Lockett
  • Ladies Mile: Velia Janse van Rensburg
  • Wetsuit Mile:
  • Disabled Mile:

2009

  • Men's Mile: Chad Ho
  • Ladies Mile: Dominique Dryding
  • Wetsuit Mile: Lawrence van Lingen (Male), Denise Bosman(Female)
  • Disabled Mile:

2010

  • Men's Mile: Chad Ho
  • Ladies Mile: Dominique Dryding
  • Wetsuit Mile: Kerry Longhurst(Female), Chris van de Sande (Male)
  • Disabled Mile: Nazlie Abrahams (Female), Kevin Paul (Male)

2011 to 2020

2011

  • Men's Mile: Chad Ho
  • Ladies Mile: Carmel Billson
  • Wetsuit Mile: Liza Bright (Female), Chris van de Sande (Male)
  • Disabled Mile: Ingrid Kingwill(Female), Kevin Paul (Male)

2012

  • Men's Mile: Troy Prinsloo
  • Ladies Mile: Jessica Roux
  • Wetsuit Mile: Wayne Jones(Male), Rebecca Newman (Female)
  • Disabled Mile: Kevin Paul (Male), Ingrid Kingwill (Female)

2013

  • Men's Mile: Chris Reid
  • Ladies Mile: Jessica Roux
  • Wetsuit Mile: Jason Jones(Male), Amy Mardon (Female)
  • Disabled Mile: Kevin Paul (Male), Ingrid Kingwill (Female)

Milestones

Redhouse was a popular swimming attraction before the advent of the Redhouse River Mile as this image from 1895 shows.

 

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