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RNLI Around the Mount open water swim a great success

08 September 2015

Congratulations to all those who took part in the inaugural RNLI Around the Mount open water swim. 52 open water swimmers entered the water at Marazion Beach and swam around St Michael's Mount in a clockwise direction. They were watched over by the Ivan Ellen and Paul Alexander lifeboats, RNLI Lifeguards, Penzance Sailing Club safety boat, and members of the Penzance Canoe Club.

Competitors travelled to Marazion from all over the coutry to take part - Birmingham, Cambridge, London and Rotherham, South Yorkshire. 

First past the finish post was local competitor, Simon Green from Ludgvan, who completed the swim in an astounding 38.23 minutes. After crossing the finish line and being greeted by his family, Simon said: "Just as we entered the water the sun came out and it was a fantastic swim with crystal clear water. A perfect morning for a swim around St Michael's Mount". 

Guy Botterill, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, said: "Thank you to everybody who chose to support the RNLI by taking part in the Around the Mount swim. Together we have raised in excess of £6,000 for our appeal to build a new station at Penlee. We look forward to seeing you all again next year".

Further information on the day can be found on the Penlee Lifeboat website - www.rnlipenleelifeboat.org.uk

Photo: RNLI/ Tim Stevens