Record numbers for the Clevedon Long Swim

A RECORD number of brave competitors took to the water in the annual Clevedon Long Swim.

Held on Saturday, the event saw 60 people taking part in the mile-long swim from Ladye Bay to the beach by Clevedon Pier.

Organised by Clevedon Amateur Swimming Club, the long swim has been held in the town for the past 83 years and sees competitors of many different ages taking part.

A number of canoes, the Clevedon pilot gig boat and the sailing club’s rescue craft accompanied the swimmers, making for an interesting sight for the spectators gathered on the pier and along the shore line.

The first man to finish was Jonathan Parker in a time of 19mins 4secs and the first woman to finish was Lizzy Warnes in a time of 18mins 24secs.

Presentations were held in the headquarters of Clevedon Sailing Club after the swim when three members of the Leaman family were awarded trophies. George won the boys junior award, his mum Pat won the veterans trophy and dad Chris was triumphant in the men’s veteran category.

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