Midmar Mile record again?
91 year old Cochrane aims to extend her Midmar Mile record
Howick – After raising the record for the oldest ever finisher of the aQuellé Midmar Mile to 90 years of age in 2014, Lorna Cochran will return in 2015 to improve on that mark, as part of “Lorna’s Gang” – 11 family members covering an incredible four generations.
While Lorna Cochran was born in 1923, the youngest member of Lorna’s Gang, Jessie-Clare, was born in 2006 and will be eight years of age when she takes to the water.
Lorna Cochran’s participation in the Midmar Mile began at the opposite end of the scale, at the age of 74. It came about when she was looking for a new challenge after she was dropped from the second to the third team at her tennis club. When she first took on the Midmar Mile in 1998, it was the first time she had swum competitively since she was in school 60 years earlier! Her training had begun with her swimming about 50 metres at a time before having to float and rest on her back. Since then, she has completed 16 consecutive Midmar Miles.
An inspirational figure, Cochran’s achievements were recognised in 2013 when she was nominated by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) for its Woman of the Year Award.
The 2015 aQuellé Midmar Mile takes place at the Midmar Dam, just outside of Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on 7 and 8 February. More information can be found at www.midmarmile.co.za