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PREG­NANCY will not stop Port to Pub swim or­gan­iser and Clare­mont res­i­dent Cein­wen Roberts from tak­ing part in her in­au­gu­ral race to Rot­tnest Is­land from Leighton Beach at North Fre­man­tle.

She just will not be swim­ming.

“No, I’ll just have to be happy run­ning the event, and it’s go­ing to kill me not be­ing able to swim and I’ll be very en­vi­ous of ev­ery­one else,” Mrs Roberts said.

She was the first per­son to do a triple cross­ing of Gage Roads to the is­land in 2013, in ad­di­tion to eight other sin­gle cross­ings.

The first 20km Port to Pub on March 19 has been or­gan­ised to pro­vide an­other event for swim­mers who can­not get into the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim from Cottes­loe ear­lier each year.

“The Port to Pub swim will hon­our the first orig­i­nal chan­nel cross­ing by Gerd von Dinck­lageSchu­len­burg, who left the shores of North Fre­man­tle in 1956, fol­lowed two months later by the first am­a­teur race on March 25,” Mrs Roberts said.

The 20km race in March will have solo en­tries, and dou­ble, four-mem­ber and six-mem­ber teams, in ad­di­tion to a 25km open-wa­ter course to at­tract na­tional and in­ter­na­tional longdis­tance swim­mers.

About 200 swim­mers have al­ready shown in­ter­est in com­pet­ing in the shorter route.

“You need some­thing in your life, and at this age, to get off the couch and to get mo­ti­vated to com­pete,” Cottes­loe swim­mer Bruce De­war (41) said.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to race can be made at www.port­ from next month.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d445359

Big splash: Cein­wen Roberts (in the mid­dle) lead­ing swim­mers Jaime Bowler, Bruce De­war, Michael Pren­diville and Janelle Rock into the first Port to Pub Swim from Leighton Beach to Rot­tnest Is­land.

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