Record field for an­niver­sary race

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training Education -

A RECORD field of 795 swim­mers en­tered the 30th an­niver­sary Cottes­loe to Swan­bourne Ocean Clas­sic swim on Jan­uary 31, tack­ling the 2.2km course.

“The con­di­tions were per­fect, a record-break­ing num­ber of com­peti­tors en­tered and there was a tremen­dous sense of com­mu­nity spirit,” Swan­bourne-Ned­lands Surf Life Sav­ing Club race direc­tor Beth Wil­liams said.

More than 14,000 swim­mers have com­peted since the first open-wa­ter com­pe­ti­tion in 1986 and more than $170,000 has been raised for life­sav­ing at Swan­bourne Beach. This year, the race was part of Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s Ocean Swim se­ries and com­peti­tors bat­tled it out in the wa­ter and on the sand, in swim­ming, stand-up pad­dle­board and beach run legs.

Pep­per­mint Grove swim­mer Pa­trick Hoey (22) was the first ashore in 23 min­utes 16 sec­onds, while the first woman was City Beach res­i­dent Jamie Bowler (22) in 24m 51s.

The beach run was won by Ned­lands res­i­dent Sam Foster (20) in 6m 12s in the men’s sec­tion and Clare­mont’s Ber­nadette Wil­liams (26) in 7m 9s for the women.

The stand-up pad­dle­board race off­shore had 12 en­trants and was won by Melville res­i­dent Steve McCul­lough (50) in 14m 8s, while Fre­man­tle’s Kelly Ch­esters ( 30) was the fastest woman in 21 min­utes.

Over-70s swim­mers Rob Watkins (30m 38s) and Carol Wan­nell (34m 11s) won their men’s and women’s sec­tions.

The swim started at Cottes­loe Beach.

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