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Ashley Hogg – 8 Mile High

Grange Sixth Form student Ashley Hogg underlined his status as an elite level international open water swimmer at the prestigious Midmar Mile in Durban South Africa at the beginning of February.

As well as showing that he can mix it with the world’s best, Ashley also became one of only a select handful of athletes to join the “8 Mile Club”. Membership of this exclusive club requires the athlete to complete all eight of the one mile races that are held over the course of the weekend. Ashley won a number of these races and donated his prize monies for doing so to charities supported by the event.

The final mile-long race was the big one – the main elite race which is contested by the leading senior racers from around the world. Ashley went into this race having already completed seven miles of competitive racing but still managed a tremendous seventh place finish. The race, which was contested by 1,327 athletes, was won by Chad Ho the 2012 World Cup winning swimmer. The top 10 swimmers all received prize money which Ashley, once again, donated to the official charities.

The whole event culminated in the 10k ‘Olympic Marathon’ swim in which Ashley beat off opponents from America and Britain to finish 2nd behind the senior Greek international competitor.