Record numbers brave the conditions for the RNLI’s Around the Mount Swim
83 swimmers took part in this year's Around the Mount swim on Saturday afternoon (8 September). Despite the conditions this was the largest number of participants taking since the event at Marazion began in 2015, raising vital funds for the Penlee RNLI lifeboat crew.
Due to the choppy sea conditions the swimmers followed a 1.2 mile course close to St. Michael's Mount rather than around it.
The youngest swimmer was Toby Campbell, aged 14 from Australia, and the oldest was David Green aged 72 years.
• First over the finish line was Jake Wood with a time of just 24 mins 36 seconds
• The first female swimmer over the finish line was Sarah Benjamin with a superb time of 28 mins 10 seconds.
• Second was Sam Hall with a time of 24 mins 41 seconds
• Toby Campbell was the youngest swimmer who came in 3rd with a time of 27 mins 46 seconds.
James Clarke, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager says;
‘Our thanks to everyone who volunteered to help on the day, including the RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew who provided safety cover. As always we received a very warm welcome at the Godolphin Arms who gave us free use of their facilities and supplied all the swimmers with a complimentary hot drink. They also ensured that the crews of both lifeboats were supplied with homemade Cornish Heavy Cake!
We would also like to thank the St Aubyn Estates for their help and assistance with the event and Richard from Refresh St Agnes who provided free massage therapy for the participants.’
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.