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Monday, May 30, 2016

A Noble Family In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

67-year-old Ken Noble felt he was getting a bit old for running marathons and ultra-marathons as he started to pick up injuries.

As an alternative, he started swimming. "I soon got into open water racing," the South African from Port Elizabeth recalls.

He was competitive and got his 37-year-old son Chad from Cape Town also interested in open water swimming. "We entered a 8 km swim in Port Elizabeth and [eventually] swam 3 of these events, placing in the Top 10 on 2 occasions."

Then the father-son team decided to attempt to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. "Our training started 4 months before swim, averaging around 20 km per week. We try and do something physical together every year. Over the years, we have rafted down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. To do these adventures with your son is something very special."

One of their adventures included the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim in Turkey. "My son and I went with my 70-year-old brother Dudley (70 years old) to swim with 2,000 other competitors. Chad finished 19th overall. I was 53rd and my brother around 350th." The Noble family all made the podium in their respective age groups with a gold (Dudley), silver (Ken), and bronze (Chad).

But one injury kept Ken from swimming with Chad in this year's Robben Island swim. "After Robben Island, he also swam around Cape Point in 12°C that takes the swimmers from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. You swim with anti-shark transponders as this area is renowned for great white sharks, but I could not swim as I have elbow injury."

The injury will not slow him down for much longer, though. There are too many things to do in the open water for the Port Elizabeth pharmacist and his son and brother.

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