Entry opens for second RNLI Around the Mount Swim
Entry is now open for the RNLI’s Around the Mount Swim on Saturday 10 September. The one-and-a-half mile swim around St Michael’s Mount will raise money for Penlee RNLI’s fundraising appeal for a new lifeboat station.
Now in its second year, the event will see up to 250 swimmers take on the challenge of swimming around the iconic mount.
The event starts at 8.30am, when RNLI lifeguards and volunteers from Penlee lifeboat crew will be on hand to provide safety cover.
Ben Bowskill, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, said:
‘We are really looking forward to the second Around the Mount Swim; it is a great event in a beautiful location.
‘Entry is now open and we have already had a lot of interest. We are limited to 250 spaces, so I would encourage anyone who wants to take on the challenge to get signed up quickly.
‘If you’re an experienced swimmer or looking for a challenge you will have the added incentive that by taking part you are helping to save lives at sea.’
The money raised from the Mount’s Bay swim will go towards Penlee RNLI’s fundraising appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of building a new lifeboat station. The new station will replace the current 33-year-old building which is no longer fit for purpose, and will provide much needed space and modern facilities for the volunteers, as well as better access for members of the public.
Registration for the swim is £10 and it’s asked that people raise a minimum of £55 sponsorship if possible.
The swim can be challenging so participants should have experience at swimming in open water, and must be over the age of 14.
To enter click here. Online registration closes at the end of August.
Notes to editors
• A selection of photos of swimmers taking part in RNLI Around the Mount Swim 2015 are attached. Credit is in the titles.
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