Over 200 people take part in tenth RNLI Castle to Castle Swim
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.
The RNLI’s Castle to Castle swim is a one mile open water sea swim across the mouth of the River Fal. The swim stars under Pendennis Castle and finishes under St Mawes Castle on the Roseland Penninsula.
The swim, which has now taken place for a decade, is a fundraising event for the RNLI and has raised thousands of pounds for the charity since it started in 2009. This year over 230 entrants completed the swim and it is hoped to raise close to £14,000 for the RNLI.
The first participant to finish the swim this year was Thomas Trebilcock in just over 20 minutes. The youngest person to complete the swim this year was Millie Danielsen at age 14, who finished with a time of just over 33 minutes.
James Clark, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said:
‘This is a fantastic annual event for the RNLI. The event is largely run by volunteers and without their help, the swim wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to all the support for the swim over the past ten years, we have been able to raise a tremendous amount of money for the RNLI, which has gone directly to helping save lives at sea and around our coastline. Also, a massive thanks to all participants of this year’s swim and well done!’
Notes to Editors
Falmouth lifeboats providing safety cover for the event
First three swimmers to completed the swim
Swimmer Jake Gifford
Swimmer Jodie Morris – first year completing swim, completed in memory of her aunt.
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