Over 200 turnout for RNLI's Castle to Castle Swim fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

More than 200 people took part in the RNLI’s annual Castle to Castle Swim at the weekend raising thousands of pounds for the charity which saves lives at sea.

​Despite a drizzly start to the day competitors turned out in force for the event which is now in its eighth year.

The one mile swim took place on Sunday 12 June, starting at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and finishing at St Mawes Castle on the Roseland Peninsula. All 221 participants made it across the finish line this year.

Ben Bowskill, Community Fundraising Manager for the RNLI, said: ‘The atmosphere was good, the positivity was high despite the weather and we’ve already received some great feedback, saying how much people enjoyed the event.’

The fastest time was from Euan Dungavel who completed the mile swim in 22 minutes 28 seconds, and also happened to be one of only a handful of under 18 year olds taking part.

Ben added: ‘A massive thank you to all 221 participants and their families for turning up in the rain. Massive thanks also to all our volunteers who supported with setting up sites in Falmouth and St Mawes, registering participants, transporting their clothes for them, providing loads of safety cover on the water, including lifeguards, both Falmouth RNLI lifeboats, local surf lifesaving clubs and kayak clubs, and Rotary Club of Falmouth for providing hot food at the end in St Mawes.’

Donations are still coming in but it is hoped the swim will raise up to £15,000 for the RNLI.

All results can be found here: http://racetimingsolutions.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16269&RId=569

More fundraisers are planned for this year, with the registration soon to open for the RNLI Around the Mount Swim in Marazion. The two-mile swim will take place on Saturday 10 September. To find out more on upcoming events visit  www.rnli.org.uk/events.

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Safety cover was provided by: Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, St Mawes Harbour Master, Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Mylor Yacht Club, Falmouth Kayak Club, St Mawes Kayaks, Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club, Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club, St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club and private individuals using their own craft.

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