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Leading charity Diabetes UK is looking for swimmers in Devon

Authored by Mary

Diabetes UK is looking for people from Devon to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. People taking on the challenge can swim in their local pool alone or, better still, with family, friends or colleagues.

There are an...

New Year swim to raise money for tiny babies

Authored by Mary

Hundreds of brave swimmers will take to the waves at Wembury beach on 01 January 2020 to raise money for Plymouth Hospitals Charity. 85-year-old Terry Clarke, from Wembury, is a passionate fundraiser who organises the fancy dress swim every year.

This year, the former clinical nurse tutor at Derriford, has decided to raise money for the tiniest of babies in the Neonatal Intensive...

Rockfish Blue Mile kick-starts Ocean City Festival

Authored by Mary

The Rockfish Blue Mile got Plymouth's 2015 Ocean City Festival off to a cracking start, with on-the-water action taking place off the Barbican and Hoe waterfront throughout the day on Saturday 5 September.

This was the fifth Plymouth Blue Mile and the first time with new sponsors Rockfish and charity partners, Plymouth-based The Shark Trust.

The day's events got under way in...

Hundreds join UK's biggest mass swim

Authored by Alexis Bowater

More than1650 swimmers, from the West Country and beyond, will filter into the South Hams for the country’s most famous open water swimming event, the Dart10k this weekend.

Bringing 2.6 spectators each on average with them, the event is expecting to bring 7000 bed nights and a spend of over £1 million into the area over the one weekend.

“It’s all about figures at this stage,”...

Doing some-fin amazing for our sharks!

Authored by Mary

The Blue Mile is back for a fifth year – with brand new title sponsors Rockfish and new charity partners, the Plymouth-based Shark Trust, teaming up with event organisers Sport Environment.

The newly christened Rockfish Blue Mile will make its first big splash on Saturday 5 September in Plymouth on the opening weekend of the Ocean City Festival. And, for the first time in 2016, the...

Pledge to make sure every child in Plymouth can swim officially launched

Authored by Mary

Plymouth’s top swimming stars are showing their support for a new swimming pledge that will ensure every child in the city has the opportunity to learn to swim.

The Second Chance to Swim scheme is Plymouth City Council’s pledge to ensure that any child who didn’t learn to swim during their primary school intensive swimming programme gets another opportunity to learn this essential...

Round Island Challenge

Challenge yourself to the Iconic Chestnut Appeal Burgh Island Swim

Date: Sunday 15th September 2013

Time:11:00

Now in its third year the Chestnut Appeal's round Burgh Island swim is a great event and has attracted swimmers from across the UK.

This iconic 1 mile swim will have full safety support and is in aid of the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer.

Registration is £30 for more details please contact David on 01752 792736 or email chestnut.events@nhs.net...