|Record Numbers Make a Splash at the 2013 Ecover Blue Mile in Plymouth!|
UK - September, 2013
Raising money for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), a record number of entrants signed up to take part in this year’s Ecover Blue Mile, which saw almost 300 people swim, kayak and stand-up paddle (SUP) the one mile course in Plymouth, England.
With heavy rain and high winds forecast for the second day of the event on Sunday 15 September, all the major water sport events were switched to opening day on Saturday, making for a packed day of action on the water. That was bad news for GB’s 2008 Olympic 10k open water swim bronze medallist Cassie Patten, who’d hoped to compete on Sunday and was unable to switch days.
Thankfully, the sun shone on ‘Super Saturday’ as the mix of enthusiasts and serious competitors took to the water from Plymouth’s famous Mayflower Steps.
In the first swim ‘wave’ of the day for enthusiasts, local science teacher John Trudgett came home first – ahead of Stoke Damerel Community College colleague Tim Cresswell, who’s best known as one of the ‘Three Hungry Boys’ in the Channel Four TV series.
John said: “That was the best way to spend a Saturday morning! The training has obviously paid off!” Tim, meanwhile, blamed his beard for slowing him down!
BBC Springwatch presenter Maya Plass, who is the Ecover Blue Mile schools ambassador, also completed the one-mile swim and said: “I loved it!”
Martin Newton of official swim kit partner AQUA SPHERE said, “What a fantastic event it was on Saturday in Plymouth! Sunshine bathed the record number of swimmers and Aqua Sphere was delighted to lend its support to this inspirational event which raises much needed money for the MCS. Congratulations to everyone who dived in and took part – especially if you won one of our prize wet suit bundles! We look forward to seeing you all next time!”
What a fantastic event it was on Saturday in Plymouth! Sunshine bathed the record number of swimmers and Aqua Sphere was delighted to lend its support to this inspirational event which raises much needed money for the MCS.
- Martin Newton, Aqua Sphere
Saturday afternoon also saw the Corporate Team Challenge, where each of the three team members takes on one of the disciplines; and the Aquatriathlon, a gruelling event in which competitors complete a mile in all three of the sports (Swim, Stand Up Paddle & Kayak). The Corporate Team Challenge was won by the Ecover Blue Mile team comprising event organiser and round-the-world racing yachtsman Conrad Humphreys (SUP), Katia Vastaiu (swim) and polar explorer, deep sea diver and presenter of the BBC TV series Oceans, Paul Rose.
With the main events all taking place on Saturday, there was an opportunity on Sunday morning for people to take part in SUP and kayak taster sessions, with a £2 donation to the Marine Conservation Society. The predicted rain then duly arrived early on Sunday afternoon.
Conrad Humphreys said the event had been a huge success, “To see so many people enjoying the water was just great! I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part – they’re the stars of the show. And it was brilliant to see so many of the talented athletes from Plymouth Leander at the event.
“I’d also like to thank everyone for raising money for our charity, the Marine Conservation Society. The MCS does brilliant work for our seas, beaches and marine life and we’re delighted to support them.”
Andy Bool, head of fundraising at MCS, said, “It’s been great to see so many people enjoying themselves in the sea and at the same time raising funds to protect our marine environment and helping to ensure that many more people can enjoy the sea in the future.”
Full results and timings for all participants can be found here: http://www.thebluemile.org/2013/09/14/ecover-blue-mile-plymouth-results-page
About Ecover Blue Mile:
This year a new schools event was added to the programme to enable schools to take part and link school sport with marine conservation. For more information about the Ecover Blue Mile visit http://www.thebluemile.org
About the Marine Conservation Society:
MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide, the Good Fish Guide and Fishonline on sustainable seafood, as well as involving thousands of volunteers in projects and surveys such as MCS Beachwatch. www.mcsuk.org