Mike Arbuthnot

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Mike Arbuthnot (shown on lower left) is one of the co-founders of the Midmar Mile and the only individual who has officially finished the Midmar Mile every year.

South Africa's Midmar Mile, the world's largest open water swim, was swum for the first time in 1973 when Arbuthnot and his two friends Dick Park and Brian Glover were unable to compete in the Buffalo Mile in East London because of petrol restrictions and decided to stage a race in KwaZulu-Natal.

153 competitors entered the first event. Since 1974, Arbuthnot holds the distinction of having officially taken part in every single race.

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