First 'Big Cornwall Swim' is hailed a success
Saturday 9 July saw the first ever 'Big Cornwall Swim' open water swimming event at Stithians Lake, Cornwall.
The event, which was organised by the Leisure Service at Cornwall Council, had excellent attendance and was enjoyed by over 250 competitors, participants and supporters.
There was a full programme of events organised for the day ranging from 200 metres to 3,800 metres swims. There was fantastic support and attendance from around the country. The day offered participation for all levels of fitness, which proved key to making The Big Cornwall Swim an event for all. The competitors were supported by a large crowd of spectators who greatly added to the atmosphere of the event.
The 175 competitors swam very well under windy conditions to provide a fantastic set of results for the first year of this event.
The event was sponsored by Cycle Logic, Aquasphere, H2Open Water Swimming Magazine, and Robie Robes, who provided prizes for winners as well as goodie bags for each competitor. All competitors also received an event t-shirt and swimming caps.
Organisers would like to give a very special thanks to the Surf Life Saving Great Britain volunteers, who made the event possible through their huge efforts in providing safety support for the swims.
Thanks also go to the Cornwall Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), who provided official timings for the swims, Southwest Lakes Trust, for hosting the day, St Johns Ambulance, for emergency back-up, as well as South West Water, and the Stithians Lake Café, for providing much needed refreshments to competitors and their families and friends.
The Big Cornwall Swim forms part of an exciting diary of events planned for the next few years. Expect to see the return of established and regionally renowned favourites, such as the Helston Triathlon, as well as new initiatives such as the 'Lands End 100' - a 100 mile sportive celebrating the prominence of road-cycling in the South West in the stunning countryside of West Cornwall. The delivery of mass participation events is a key function of the Leisure Service in trying to encourage more people to lead more physically active lifestyles. Details for all events planned will be released nearer the event dates, through www.cornwall.gov.uk, www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com.
Full results from Saturday's event:
1st male - David Scole, 2nd male - Patrick Hall, 3rd male - Angus Hills.
1st female - Marissa Nicholls, 2nd female - Morva Hughes, 3rd female - Jodi Stephens.
1st male - Matthew Trewhella, 2nd male - Charlie Haynes, U16
1st female - Naomi Copperwait, 2nd female - Tegen Hughes.
1st male - Craig Parker, 2nd Male - Kieran Davies, 3rd Male - Paul Parker,
1st female - Zoe Regan, 2nd female - Kelly Walmsley, 3rd female - Amanda Willmott.
1st male - Tom Bolt (20:19), 2nd male - David Frierericksen (21:45), 3rd male - Edward Finnegan (23:26)
1st female - Kay De Courcey (20:29), 2nd female - Josie Williams (21:45), 3rd female - Jane O'Halloran (29:57)
1st male - David Bartlett (47:33), 2nd male - Mark Forrester (47:39), 3rd male - Jack Middleton (47:44)
1st female - Natasha Diment (55:54), 2nd female - Sasha Osborne (57:13), 3rd female - Rachel Pascoe (59:38).