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RNLI Around the Mount Open Water Swim a resounding success!

Lifeboats News Release

In near perfect weather conditions the third RNLI Around the Mount Open Water Swim took place on Saturday morning, September 16, raising money for the RNLI

Swimmers at start of Open Water Swim

RNLI/Amy Smith

Ready for the Off! Stephen Hayes from Manchester gives a 'thumbs up'
In near perfect weather conditions, with friends and family cheering from the shore, 76 brave open water swimmers - 36 female & 40 male, with an age range of 14-70 years, entered the water at Marazion beach and swam off around St Michael’s Mount. They were watched over by the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen', the Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie & Ivor Dent', a number of local RNLI Penwith Lifeguards and members of Hayle Surf Life Saving Club.

Competitors travelled to Marazion from all over the country to take part - Manchester, Surrey, London, Sussex and Herefordshire. Each one had a different reason for embarking on this one-and-a-half mile route around the iconic St. Michael's Mount. The youngest competitor was 14 year old, Summer Jeffery, from Perranporth who completed the course in 1:06:31, her Dad, Simon Jeffery, was also taking part.

The oldest competitor was Rose Dudeney, aged 70 years, an experienced open water swimmer who made the 650 mile round-trip from Sussex to take part. Rose is no stranger to these events - in August this year she took part in the 17th FINA World Masters Championships Budapest completeing a 3k swim on Lake Balatin in 1hr 3secs, taking the Bronze Medal for her group.

First over the finish line was John Morton from St Ives with an amazing swim time of 34.08, closely followed by 17 year old Sam Hall from Ledbury, Herefordshire, who came in at 34.20.

For the second year running, the first female to cross the finish line was local RNLI Lifeguard, Francesca Hayward, with a PB of 37.55, followed by Alice Lord with a time of 43.12.

RNLI Penlee Branch Chairman, Janet Madron said, 'Our thanks go to all the brave swimmers who took part in today's swim, we're humbled that so many people travelled so far to support the RNLI and our lifeboat. It was a great event, well organised and enjoyed by many - we hope to see you all again next year!'

Around the Mount Swim results and timings are available at;

Photographs of the event are available on the Penlee Lifeboat Facebook page -

More photos will follow later.
Swimmers with St Michael's Mount in background

RNLI/Amy Smith

Ready, steady, go!
First swimmer over Finish line

RNLI/Amy Smith

First swimmer across the finish line - John Morton
Oldest and Youngest competitors

RNLI/Elaine Trethowan

Oldest and youngest competitors - Rose Dudeney and Summer Jeffery
First and second place swimmers

RNLI/Elaine Trethowan

First and second place over the finish line - John Morton (left) and Sam Hall
First female over finish line

RNLI/Elaine Trethowan

First female over the finish line - local RNLI Lifeguard Francesca Hayward

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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