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Young gun wins Challenge

Race brief: some 511 competitors line up for a race briefing prior to the start of the Channel Challenge race at San Remo on Saturday.

SAN Remo’s 27th annual Channel Challenge attracted 511 competitors, and first time competitor Ben Anderson, 16,  of Cheltenham won the award-winning event on Saturday.
Ben recorded the fastest time, 11.49 seconds for the 550metre swim and two kilometre run event, winning the Junior Male section and was awarded the overall winner after a nervous wait while times were checked.
Second fastest overall and second Junior Male was Nick McGuire with a time of 11.50sec and third overall and winner of the Senior Male section was Sascha Bondarenko with a time of 11:58.
Ventnor’s Jo Ablett was thrilled to see her niece Millie Coote of Dromana first female across the line with a time of 13.44sec, narrowly beating second place Senior Female and popular San Remo competitor Chloe Butt with a time of 13.52sec.
For the locals Tim Huille won the Local Senior Male, Luke Plant was second and Chloe Butt was first in the Local Senior Female section.
Official starter of the event  was Ken Smith, Bass MLA and Speaker of the Victorian Parliament, who got the race off to a good start and Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club volunteers worked hard all day making sure competitors were kept safe in and out of the water.
Morning rain didn’t dampen the carnival atmosphere in San Remo, and the sun shone for the main event, proudly sponsored by the San Remo and District Bendigo Community Bank.
A good crowd of spectators cheered on the competitors and enjoyed the all day market, fashion parade, hole-in-one, tug-of-war, aerobics display and live bands.

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