SCILLY CHALLENGE 'WILL JOIN SWIMMERS' BUCKET LIST'

A participant in Saturday's Scilly Swim Challenge has said the event will become a must-do in the swimmers' calendar.

Some 130 people took part in the third annual Swim Challenge, described as an "epic and iconic swim between the inhabited islands".  

They set out from Bar Point at 7am, swimming to St Martins then Tresco, Bryher, Samson and St Agnes before the final swim to Porthcressa beach on St Mary’s. There were food stops and a walk after each leg of the swim, which totalled around 15km.

 

This year also introduced a two-day option with the same route taken at a more leisurely pace. 

 

Judith Charman from Watford, who was fundraising for a lurcher rescue charity, said she was impressed by how well organised the event was and thanked the 50 safety and support staff. 

 

She said she "really enjoyed it" and had no trouble with the distances but was caught off-guard when she started feeling seasick while stationary.

 

"I got seasick on the long stretch from Samson to St Agnes. They kept stopping us and I started to feel sick because of the big rollers. I wasn't expecting that at all.

 

"The weather was great, it was a perfect day. The first two swims were lovely. The seasickness just caught me out."

 

Her friend Karen Masterson, who was raising money for the hospital where she works, described the Swim Challenge as "tough, enjoyable, very well organised. Definitely an experience - a good one."

 

Judith said of the future of the event: "I think the word will spread. For open water swimmers there are certain things on people's bucket lists like the river Dart, which is 10k, the length of Windemere etc. This event will join that list, I think."

 

The Scilly Swim Challenge is organised by Nick and Bryony Lishman of Adventure Scilly, along with Dewi Winkle.

 

They stress that the event is not a race, with the focus is on taking part and getting round the course safely. 

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