When the Port were approached by Raw Energy Pursuits to discuss the 5km River Adur Swim they were eager to learn more about the event and how they could support it. This resulted in the Port authorising the use of the river as part of the event to ensure the event could run smoothly.
The 5km Fin-Swim took place on Saturday 26th August during the bank holiday weekend. Competitors of all abilities and fitness levels took part with ages ranging from 16 to 74 years old.
Fin-Swimmers started first, which is where swimmers had the opportunity to swim in a pair of fins for a quick finish time, followed a few minutes later by swimmers of all abilities who benefitted from the faster current. Participants had to negotiate the numerous sandbanks in the river which presented more of an obstacle for the later swimmers as the river emptied due to the tide.
The finish times were nothing short of impressive with the first home in the ‘Just Swim’ category going to 17-year-old Ella Corby from South Croydon Swimming Club with an impressive time of 52 minutes and 28 seconds for just over three miles. Ella was over a minute ahead of top local swimmer Andy Tester (Worthing Swimming Club) who finished in 53 minutes and 57 seconds and Selsey’s Kevin Bradfield in 55 minutes and 51 seconds.
In the Fin-Swim race Simon Wickenden from Brighton Tri Club was first across the line in just over an hour, followed by Steven Woodbridge (Worthing) and first female Mel Avery (Isleworth).
One of the outstanding performances of the day went to Para swimmer Nerys Pearce from Ascot who finished as the second female and 6th overall in 59 minutes and 47 seconds. Nerys has recently been selected for the GB powerlifting World Championship Team but is regarded as one of the top swimmers in her class.
Race organiser Mick Dicker commented “The overwhelming feedback has been really positive and there’s always such a friendly atmosphere and sense of fun and achievement which is what it’s all about. I have little doubt the event will soon rival our swim in the River Arun which has 500 competitors each year. The event worked so well with the support of the Port, the Harbour Master and local mariners.”
Julian Seaman, Harbour Master and Director of Marine Operations at Shoreham Port commented “We were delighted to give this event the go ahead as it highlights the community spirit in the area and enables people to get together to support their loved ones who take part.”
*Photos courtesy of Sussex Sport Photography