Posted on September 26, 2011
The Endless Summer Swim hosted by Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving and Triathlon club lived up to its name once more, as over 100 swimmers turned up to Gyllyngvase Beach for the 4th annual event. A moderate southerly breeze created slightly choppy conditions, but more importantly the sun was shining for the duration. At the start of the kids race, the tide was dropping to low, and there was a small wave rolling into the beach. 36 nippers from clubs across Cornwall lined up on the start, and when the horn sounded it was a fast dash along the beach into the cool waters of the Falmouth Bay. A few dolphin dives later and the nippers were swimming towards a 4 knot buoy, roughly 250 metres out to sea. A crowded finish line of cheering parents, family and friends were waiting for the swimmers to come to shore. Exiting the waves first was Gylly’s own Nicholas Laws, who completed the course in 7:39. After Nicholas were the first three girl nippers: Rosie Tonkin (8:06), Jodie Stephens (8:83) and Abbie Mundell (8:46). Second boy was Theo Flemming with a time of 9:05, closely followed by Thomas Barton, only 3 seconds behind (9:08).
The adult race started at noon, and the wind had picked up a notch as the competitors were lining up at the start. As well as the more competitive swimmers, there were also a large number of entrants just trying to complete the 800m (ish) course. 65 in total headed into the water at the start of the race. It wasn’t long until the leaders were turning the first buoy and there was a clear lead pack to be seen from the beach. As the leaders turned the third buoy and headed back to shore, they were being assisted by the swell and wind, some being able to bodysurf small waves to the sand.
The lead pack had split into two, and the first to emerge, with a large gap behind was Jacob Wood, who won the Junior Male race. George Hollis finished second Junior Male (12:32) and he was closely followed by last years winner Matthew Trewhella (12:41). Not far behind the boys was the first placed Junior Female, Kerry Bridgeman, who completed the swim in 13:15. The second Junior Female to sprint through the line was Courtney-Lee Reid (13:56) and third was Marisa Nichols (14:23). The winner of the Senior Female category was Catherine Haynes (16:34) and Rebecca Walters finished second in (17:31). The Senior Male age group was won by Jonathan Webb (15:36), with Simon Scholes (16:31) and Kieran Davies (16:44) second and third respectively. The final category was the masters (30+), and in the Female category Lois Leanard took the gold with a time of 18:49. Closely behind her was Julie Drage (19:08) and Catherine Ralph was third (20:13). For the Master Male age group the winner was Clive Boyes-Hunter (13:57), who finished 8th overall. Second place was Gareth Joseph (14:21) and third was Keith Hollis (14:33).
The safety cover stayed out in the water as the last swimmers came to shore, with Jeanette Bate exiting the water second from last. Jeanette did manage to win the “Golden Oldie’ award for being the eldest competitor to complete the swim as well as collecting the top Fund-raiser trophy. The final swimmer to stroll though the checkered flags was Jacqui Owen who received free swimming lessons courtesy of Neuvya Swim School. All swimmers were able to re-hydrate after completing the swim thanks to Pureblue Water.
A big thank you to the water cover, the ladies on the registration desk and all of the event sponsors for making it such a success (Sessions Surf Shop, Gylly Beach Cafe, Arvor Sea Kayaking, 2twenty2, Pureblue Water, ASP T-Shirt Printing, Neuvya Swim School, Seasalt, and the RNLI Lifeguards). The club raised almost £1000 on the day, which will be split between purchasing new life-saving and triathlon equipment as well as helping support Disaster Relief Charity ShelterBox.
This 800m sea swim event organised by Gyllyngvase SLSC is one of the better organised swim events in Cornwall. The entry fee is a modest £5 (though they invite you to raise more), the swim today though choppy, is generally sheltered. Registration was straightforward, I got a t-shirt and importantly, the pre race brief and start was clear and well coordinated. Great weather, good swim. a t-shirt and drink and all for a fiver? Must be the Endless summer swim. Tri-Cornwall
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Pics by Jacqui Owen and family.