Brownsea Island Swim 2013

Brownsea Island 2013 winners
Brownsea Island 2013 winners

253 swimmers took to the water in excellent conditions to swim round Brownsea Island on 7 July 2013.

We would like to thank RLSS Poole Lifeguards for hosting a thoroughly enjoyable event for swimmers, whether for their first time or as one of many coming back to swim in such a fantastic location.

The event was again well supported by EDOWSC volunteers and competitors!

Seahorse Swim winner Guy Giles added another Brownsea title, powering around the island in 1:15.14, 5m+ ahead of SLSC’s Daniel Abel and the chasing pack.

EDOWSC’s Stuart Purcell, third in the Seahorse Swim non-wetsuit category two weeks earlier, went one better to finish second in 1:36.02.

Katie Nimmo of Cheltenham Swimming & Water Polo Club led the ladies wetsuit category (1:21.45) with Michelle Noble first EDOWSC lady back in 1:40.31.

In the ladies age group non wetsuit category, EDOWSC’s Danni Callahan won the 20-30 years (1:51.20) and team mates Ann Richardson and Ali Budynkiewicz made it a 1-2 in the 50 to 60 years (1:56.34 and 1:59.14).

In the men’s age group non-wetsuit category, EDOWSC’s Will Collings‐Wells and Mark Vides were first and third in the 50 to 60 years (1:51.14 and 2:12.37). Jonathan Easterbrooke was third in the same age group for wetsuit (1:42.02).

Dave Doust continues to defy age, recording 1:38.39 to win in the wetsuit 60 to 70 years age group.

Congratulations to all swimmers who completed their full and half-distance swims. At the time of posting, amounts raised in sponsorship from swimmers for a wide number of charities totalled approximately £19,000.

2013 Results in Overall Order
2013 Results in Category Order
2013 Results in Age Group Order

Provisional Date for 2014 – 1 July 2014 (approximately 9:30am start)

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  1. From Mark Shakles, RLSS Poole:

    “I would like to give my thanks to EDOWSC’s volunteers, for all that you did with assisting at this year’s swim. It is certainly appreciated not only by me but by everyone in RLSS Poole Lifeguard and all the swimmers.

    “This year’s swim has to go down as one of the best ever, not only from the weather perspective but it has a great deal to do with your interaction with the swimmers, making their time with us a special one. The feedback from the swimmers this year has been fantastic and I have put together from some of the comments left after the swim via facebook and or email.

    Dave Roberts (our photographer for the event) has taken some superb photos and I have added them along with some from Mike Darkin to a Photo Gallery for the 2013 Swim.

    “The “Brownsea Swim 2013 Gallery” can be found on the RLSS Poole Lifeguards club website.

    “Just click on a photo and then either let it play the slide show for you or just click on the right or left side of the photo to fast forward etc.

    “Another amazing feet this years is the total in £GBP that the swim has generated for a number of charities – as at 16 July, we are £9.00 short of generating £25000 in sponsorship. I have listed the charities that will be benefiting from these funds below.

    “A truly lovely story is that one of this year’s swimmers, Sam Tarling got down on one knee after he finished his swim and popped the question to his girlfriend of 10 years Araya Leat. He was even still wearing his Brownsea Medal around his neck. What a true star! When asked how long they had been together, he said “about 10 years, I don’t like to rush into things”. Well he certainly didn’t hang around on his swim, that’s for sure, as he finished it in a very respectable time of 1.45.53. Obviously he couldn’t wait to pop the question. Photos of him popping the question are included in the photo gallery.

    “The date for next year’s swim has been set as 13 July 2014 with a 9:30am start. If you would like to volunteer to be part of the swim again next year then please pencil this date into your 2014 calendar and keep it free for us. We will be contact volunteers in January 2014.

    “Many thanks for all you did this year. Please take the time to read the feedback document and look at the photos as this amazing swim would not have happened without you.

    A list of the Charities that swimmers chose to use the 2013 swim to generate sponsorship for.

    Bowel Cancer UK
    Julia’s House
    St Catherine’s Hospice
    Breast Cancer
    Leukaemia Research
    St Mary’s Burghfield Heating Fund
    Cancer Research UK
    Macmillan Cancer
    Tadpoles Swim Club for Disabled
    CLIC Sargent
    Trust PA
    Warminster ASA
    Diabetes UK
    Phylis Tuckwell Hospice
    Dorset Cancer Centre
    Save The Children

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