Triathletes’ unique challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:43 08 June 2011




Members of the Portishead and Clevedon Triathlon Club (PAC Tri) competed in the unique RNLI Castle to Castle open water swimming race in Cornwall.

MEMBERS of the Portishead and Clevedon Triathlon Club (PAC Tri) competed in the RNLI Castle to Castle open water swimming race recently.

The Castle to Castle swim is a one mile open water swim. After a mass start, the 447 entrants swam between Pendennis Point and St Mawes Castle, a unique opportunity to cross this major estuary under controlled circumstances.

Seven members of PAC Tri entered the race - Jon Parker, Zara Davis, Maria Powell, Jane Cooley, Jon Gall, Jeremy Piggott and Adam Clark.

Jon Parker came second in the swim completing the mile course in 24 minutes, having competed all 
the way with a champion triathlete.

For both Jeremy Piggott and Maria Powell, competing in the event was their first competitive open water swim. They both finished in a respectable 30 minutes, placing them firmly in the top 20 per cent of the 447 entrants. Adam Clark also finished the swim around the 30 minute mark, making the event successful for the PAC Tri team.

The members of the PAC Tri team then completed the 10k run rounding off the event and using it as good triathlon practice.

Maria Powell said: “This was my first time doing an open water race. I really enjoyed it, and this as now spurred me on to entering a full triathlon.”

Jeremy Piggott added: “As it was my first mass open water swim, I was a bit nervous at the start, but soon settled in to my stroke and was really pleased with my place.”

Jon Parker reflected on his second place: “Conditions were OK with calm water on the Falmouth side, but a bit choppy in the middle of the estuary. It was a great event and very safe for those venturing into open water for the first time, especially with the RNLI in attendance.”

PAC Tri hold regular swimming coaching sessions at the Portishead open air pool, they are aimed at the beginner as well as the experienced swimmers, on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. To find out more visit

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