PICTURES: Clevedon mile-long swim attracts more than a hundred people

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 August 2019

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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More than a hundred people braved the brisk Saturday morning waters to take part in an annual swimming event.

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Around 150 people took part in the Clevedon mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to Clevedon Pier.

For the first time participants set off in two waves for safety reasons.

A group of 30 set off in the new elite wave, followed by the main group of 120 eager swimmers.

Participants were kept safe by members of Clevedon Canoe Club and Clevedon Sailing Club, who manned the safety boats.

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Last year's winners Lucas Hayles, from Clevedon, and Gemma Owen, of Exeter, were among the field.

Ollie Heard took home the 1928 Oakhill Brewery Trophy for fastest man with a time of 14 minutes and seven seconds,

Gemma Owen retained her Rose Bowl Trophy for quickest woman with a time just under 15 minutes.

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Clevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONClevedon Swimming Club annual mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the pier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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