RNLI to host two open water swimming events in September
Hundreds of swimmers will be taking to the water this September as the RNLI plays host to two fundraising events. The Around the Mount open water swim in Marazion takes place on Saturday 10 September at 4pm, and the following week sees the postponed Castle to Castle open water swim in Falmouth,
which will take place on Saturday 17 September at 9am.
The Around the Mount swim is a one and a half mile open water sea swim around the iconic St. Michaels Mount in Mounts Bay, Cornwall. This challenge is a must for all intermediate or experienced open water swimmers and promises to be great fun and a beautiful swim to be involved in. All money raised will support Penlee RNLI Lifeboat Station.
Entry numbers are limited and around 100 participants are already registered, but there are still a few spaces available – registration is via the Eventbrite link:
https://ATM2022.eventbrite.co.uk and cost £25. In addition, all participants are kindly asked to pledge to raise £50 for the RNLI through sponsorship.
Please note that all competitors must wear a wetsuit and be over 14 years old to take part in the event.
The Castle to Castle swim, which was due to take place in June this year, was postponed due to poor weather conditions and will now take place on Saturday 17 September at 9am.
This event is another spectacular one mile open water sea swim across the Carrick Roads. It starts at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and finishes at St. Mawes Castle on the Roseland Peninsula.
This popular event is strictly limited to 450 swimmers and is open to anyone over the age of 14. Please note, participants should be intermediate or experienced open water swimmers and must wear a wetsuit.
Due to the rescheduling of the event, a small number of places are still available. Registration is via the Eventbrite link:
https://castle2castle2022.eventbrite.co.uk and costs £25. In addition, all participants are kindly asked to pledge to raise £50 for the RNLI through sponsorship.
Dave Nicoll, RNLI Fundraising & Partnership Lead says;
‘These two amazing events offer open water swimmers the chance to take part in some iconic swims in a safe environment whilst also supporting the work of the RNLI.
‘We currently have a small number of places available across both events for those who would like to take part.
‘The events are largely run by volunteers and it would be impossible to hold these swims without their help. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out with such events, so if anyone has a few hours to spare and would like to offer their help and support, please get in touch – it promises to be great fun with a fantastic atmosphere, so do come along and get involved.’
Notes to editors
· Main contact: Dave Nicoll (RNLI Fundraising & Partnership Lead) [email protected] or 07901 517615
· Please find attached images of Around the Mount and Castle to Castle swims
· To support the RNLI’s lifesavers, go to: www.rnli.org/donate
· To find the up-to-date list of lifeguarded beaches, please visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches
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