& Photos: Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim draws crowds
lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday to watch 65 swimmers
take part in the annual Stert Island Swim.
2,400m swim from Burnham to Stert and back was won by Wells triathlete
Marcus Williams for a second year running, this time in a fast
time of 21 minutes and 55 seconds.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have taken part in this event
for four years and am really pleased to have won for a second
consecutive year. The sea was quote rough and choppy in the middle
of the estuary but the temperature of the water was good, if a
little too hot for me swimming in a wetsuit at speed."
lady home was Larisa Green, also from Wells, who won her category
in a time of 24 minutes and 41 seconds. Larisa's swim was all
the more impressive because she is deaf.
via a family member, she told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The sea
conditions were rough, but I really enjoyed it and am so pleased
to have won."
Miall from organisers West Country Triathletes, which oversees
the annual race, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a very
successful event today - we had a good turnout of spectators and
swimmers. Thanks go to everyone for their help."
Mayor, Martin Cox, pictured, officially started the event on the
beach next to the jetty. Two swimmers did not not finish and were
helped ashore by the RNLI. Full results are available
The swim's first three were Marcus Williams, Simon Laurence and
The swimmers faced choppy waters in the middle of the estuary
lady home was Larisa Green
Burnham shop owner Phil Hemming was among the finishers
Two of the entrants in the dash for the finish
Brother and sister swimmers Anneka and Glynn Russ finishing the
The first two male and female finishers with their prizes from
organisers Martin Rogers and Celia
Burnham's MP Tessa Munt congratulating first-placed finisher
Commentator Mike Gardener gave the audience a running commentary
Tessa Munt with swimmer Sarah Milner Simonds and partner Bev
The team of marshalls and time-keepers was thanked by the organisers