Thursday, July 31, 2014
The annual Exmouth Swimming Life Saving Society Starcross swim 2014 saw a predominantly young field start from buoy 21 at around 7pm last Friday evening (July 25), writes Ian Lang.
Swimmers experienced ideal weather conditions with sun and only a small swell past the docks slowing them down.
Seventeen-year-old George Cornwell-Brown won the race overall in a time of 31 minutes and 36 seconds.
Gemma Franks was second and thus landed first place in the ladies’ race in a time of 33.47, narrowly beating her dad Alan Franks, who has won the race multiple times in the past and has made a comeback to competitive swimming in the last 18 months, into third place.
Next to finish was Kiera Jordan who was second lady and first junior female, she beat first junior male Joel Rawe by four seconds to claim fourth spot overall.
Other swimmers in the order they finished were Nyal Slatter, Liam Spiller, Toby Gilbody, Peter Gilpin, Aidan Spiller, Joe Schunck, Virginia Hill, Katie Brindley, Katherine Cornwell-Brown, Ruth Horn, Martin Sprigmore, Martin Brown, and Kathy Azuino.
All swimmers who started the swim completed the course with no withdrawals.
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society would like to thank all those who help make the Starcross swim a success each year; particularly boat crew, kayakers, Exmouth Beach Rescue, Exmouth Scouts, and the RNLI.
For more information on open water swimming visit www.exmouthswimming.org.
1, George Cornwell-Brown (31.36); 2, Gemma Franks (33.47); 3, Alan Franks (34.20); 4, Kiera Jordan (34.35); 5, Joel Rawe (34.39); 6, Nyal Slatter (34.43); 7, Liam Spiller (34.48); 7, Toby Gilbody (36.35); 8, Peter Gilpin (37.10); 9, Aidan Spiller (39.20); 10, Joe Schunck (40.17); 11, Virginia Hill (41.32); 12, Katie Brindley (41.53); 13, Katherine Cornwell-Brown (42.27); 14, Ruth Horn (42.45); 15, Martin Sprigmore (43.29); 16, Martin Brown (48.56); 17, Kathy Azuino (52.49).