The 2015 Event
Thanks to everyone for coming along to the Endless Summer Swim yesterday. You all did amazingly well in tough conditions. Big thanks to Matt Trebilcock, the helpers and water cover as ever.
Here’s the final results – ESS 2015 results
The 2014 Event
A massive thank you to all the swimmers for making the Gyllyngvase Endless Summer Swim a huge success yesterday. We had 194 swimmers across the events, which is a fantastic turn out. We raised over £1,200 on the day! Thank you.
The results are here: Gylly ESS 2014 – Results
To all the helpers and water cover, thank you so much for all your help, without which, the event would not have happened.
Finally, Gylly SLSC wish to thank all the supporters that made this event happen:
Sessions Surf Shop
Ian & Sharon Laws – Costcutter Perranporth
Harbour Lights Fish & Chip Restaurant
All Gylly members that donated raffle prizes.
The 2012 Event
On what could be described as the final weekend of the summer, Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club hosted their 5th annual Endless Summer Swim at Gyllnygvase Beach, Falmouth.
The sea swim has grown significantly since 2008, when it was introduced to enable the local community to compete in open water swimming, as well as raising funds for new life saving and sports equipment for the club. The event last Sunday was the biggest yet, with 160 swimmers young and old entering the water at Gyllyngvase Beach.
“What a great way to sign off for the summer! Thanks to the Gylly team for giving us one last chance at swimming in the wild. A fantastically well organised event with a challenging and well marshalled course. I love the T-Shirt too! We at Tri-Mania will be returning on mass next year for sure.”
Ian Hurley, swimmer.
The nipper race (7-13 years) started at 11am. The sun was shining, but the moderate southwesterly breeze was making the conditions in the sea slightly choppy. This didn’t put off the 45 children from local swimming and surf life saving clubs across Cornwall. There were also some newcomers to the sport taking part as well. Following a sprint into the sea, the first swimmers negotiated the first buoy with ease. They glided through the 400m course and before you you could say ‘Gyllyngvase’, were exiting the water, running up the beach to the finish. First across the line was Gylly’s own Nicholas Laws, closely followed by the second placed male nipper, Euan Dungavel (Gylly). Next out of the water were the first three female nippers – Abby Mundell (Gylly), Rosie Boultan (Gylly) and Sarah Wilson (Portreath SLSC). The 3rd male nipper home was James Drage, also from local club Gyllyngvase. There was a special prize for the first 7-9 years to cross the line as well, and this was awarded to Thomas Trebilcock (Gylly) and Milly Hardy (St Ives SLSC). All 45 entrants completed the swim, which was a fantastic achievement. Who knows, there may have been some Olympic stars of the future taking part?
An hour later, at 12pm, the adult and junior (13-17) competitors were lining up at the start line for their 700m race. A fantastic 115 swimmers were awaiting the challenge, including the winner from the past two years, Jacob Wood from Penzance. As well as the competitive swimmers, there were also a large number who had their sights on simply completing the course. The siren sounded, and there was a mad dash into the cool water of the English Chanel. As it was a spring low tide, the swimmers from a surf life saving background were able to demonstrate their skills, dolphin diving for quite some time before starting to swim. The field quickly spread out with a clear lead pack of around a dozen swimmers forming. All of the entrants were in safe hands, thanks to kind support of volunteer members of Gyllyngvase and RNLI Lifeguards of rescue boards.
With only 8 minutes of swimming, the leaders had navigated their way around three of the iconic yellow buoys off Gyllyngvase Beach, and were sprinting into the shore. First out for the third year running was Jacob Wood (Penzance SC), followed by George Hollis (Portreath SLSC) and Ellis Tonkin (Penzance SC). These three were also the first junior boys to cross the line. The junior girls race was won by Kerry Bridgman (Penzance SC), with Shannon O’Connel (Penzance SC) in second and Courtney-Lee Reid (Gylly) in third. Tom Blake earned the prize for first placed senior male. Jon Webb, who trains with host club Gyllyngvase finished second and James Rowe was third. The senior female title was taken by international para-triathlete Melissa Reid (Gylly) and her guide Alice Nicholas (Mounts Bay Harriers). The duo were using the race as their final swim before heading to the World Para-triathlon champs in New Zealand later this month. Lois Leonard and Gracie Dack, both from host club Gyllyngvase, were second and third respectively. The final age group was the masters (40+). The first three male swimmers to cross the line were Mark Danielson (Gylly), Keith Hollis (Portreath SLSC) and Paul Hills (Gylly). Julie Drage (Gylly) took gold in the female masters age group, with Catherine Ralph (Gylly) in second and Carol Mitchell third.
Every competitor received a t-shirt and bottle of water. There was also a raffle, raising additional funds for the club. We would like to thank the event sponsors for making all of this possible: Gylly Beach Café, Sessions Surf Shop, 2twenty2, Cornwall Property Paper, Miller & Son, Pure Blue water, Neuvya Swim School, Seasalt Cornwall, ASP Printers, Primal Fitness Cornwall and RNLI Lifeguards.
“Well done to everyone who took part in 5th Endless Summer Swim today at Gyllyngvase Beach. Over £1250 was raised on the day, which will go towards valuable equipment for the surf life saving and triathlon club. Thank you to everyone who helped out, it was a fantastic event and the club’s looking forward to seeing you again in 2013.”
Matthew Stone, President, Gyllyngvase SLS + Triathlon Club.
Images by Karl Phillips.
The 2011 Event
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).
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
Download the full results here >>
Pics by Jacqui Owen and family.
The 2010 Event
Another fantastic event… the 3rd Endless Summer Swim 2010 held its biggest field yet. Almost 100 swimmers, aged between 7 and 70 took to the cool waters of the English Channel. Thank you all for taking part in a great fund-raiser for the club. Thanks also to those who helped out with safety cover and registration on the day. We raised almost £1000! I hope to see you all again next year.
Download the 2010 results (pdf) here…
The 2009 Event
It must be something in the name! Like last years race, the 2009 Endless Summer Swim truly was the last day of the summer. Almost 100 swimmers aged 6-60 met at the beach on a perfect Sunday morning. The event in 2008 was meant to be a fund-raiser, to get the club off the ground. Only a handful of locals took part and I couldn’t have imagined how much the club and the race could grow in only 12 months time. Thanks to everyone involved for their dedication and support throughout, without you all we wouldn’t be here!
The sea was calm, not even a ripple could be seen as the younger Nippers took to the start line. With the Gylly Buoy their target, armed with boards, goggles and smiles the whistle blew. There was a fast dash into the water, and a summer of training on the beach clearly showed. The first board out was Cameron Hopkins, with Holly Stonehouse and Kae Cornish on his tail. In the swim race, Emily Beccansall glided through the cool waters in 1st place. A strong swim by Theo Flemming saw him take 2nd with Daniel Johnson in 3rd.
Soon after the 10-13 aged Nippers lined up with a 250m Buoy staring at them from what looked like half way to France! 11 swimmers, all determined to succeed. Before you could say ‘Gyllyngvase’, Courtney-Lee Reid emerged from the water to retain her title from last year. Harriet Lord ran past the line shortly after in 2nd with Izzy Steele in 3rd.
An endless summer september day at Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth. A beautiful cloudless day, cool clear waters which were almost as calm as a pool, and a clearly marked 800m swim course. Yours truly was there to make the most of what could be the last summer day. Roll on next year. Max, Tri Cornwall.
At 12pm a strong field of 51 lined up with an 800m swim course in their view. Some young, some not so young. Some relishing the idea, some with shaky legs. All finishing, what turned out to be a great event. Rescue Boards at the ready, the countdown began. ‘Ready, Set, Long Pause, Siren!’. From my viewpoint on the RNLI IRB there was a clear separation from those looking to see gold and those looking to conquer the course. A front group quickly appeared with Matt Trewellar leading from start to finish. At only 14 years of age, who knows how far he can go in the future? He stormed to victory, winning the Junior age category. The 1st placed adult was Adam Trexler, who only heard about the race bumping into a hunky Gylly lifeguard the day before on the beach! Next out of the water was Nick Deards (2nd adult) closely followed by Matt Dunsbler (3rd adult). Not too far behind was Nikki Russell taking 2nd place in the Junior field with Sam Steele swimming well in 3rd.
I have to give a special mention to our local swimmer Roma, who took home the Seagull trophy for raising a fantastic £145.50.
Together with race sponsorships, face painting, cake sales and welcome donations, we raised an amazing £860 on the day! After a lot or organization, it all seems worth it now. Many thanks to all those who took part, particularly the marshals and safety cover. I hope to see you all again next year!