THE BIG SWIM

 

 

 

 

2017…

The unprecedented early August summer weather has disappointed many events from small fetes to large festivals, but thankfully due to the spirit and planning, hundreds swam in the harbour in Port Isaac.

Richard Sanders and the safety team, Polzeth SLSC and Rock Tors made the correct decision to cancel the main swims. Kicking in to action they fought the elements to deliver a safe course and lift spirits of many swimmers. Raynet who keep us all in communication and were spotting swimmers from the cliffs.

With everyone completing the mile in a crazy ‘all in race’ around a mapped out course in Port Isaac, swimmers thankfully still got the swim despite the rough sea!

Little swimmers were supported by families screaming and shouting encouragment from the shore. Each participant showed amazing determination and all finished the race!

The energy and atmosphere once the races started was electric and swimmers went all out to achieve their best possible time. Congratulations to all the winners who swam the distance in exceptional times.

Winning male: Ryan Huckell in a staggering 17:36:30!!!
Winning female: Trish Brennan 20:30:80 again, very impressive!

The Big Party rounded off the day with epic performances from our own local Jamie Hewitt, Freshly Squeezed, Antimatador and Jack Be Nimble. Huge thanks to John Brays and Sam Willaims who once again pimped the stage and gave you a night to remember.

Massive thank you to everyone who raised money for our charities.. and of course a MASSIVE thank you to our amazing Sponsor Sharp’s who gave out a free pint to the well deserved simmers at the end of the race.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day, local support and those dedicated to making this event possible.

Monies raised will be announced soon. Times are now the website.

We look forward to next year and seeing you all iagain soon.

THE BIG SWIM TEAM.

 

TIMES:

 

 

Bib No First Name Last Name Gender Finish Overall Pos Gender Pos

95

Ryan Huckelll M 00:17:36.30

1

1

130

Benjamin Procter M 00:18:03.20

2

2

86

Simon Griffiths M 00:19:09.30

3

3

414

Paul Hare M 00:19:17.45

4

4

399

Trish Brennan F 00:20:30.80

5

1

157

Lucy Young F 00:20:40.60

6

2

58

Alison Browning F 00:20:50.80

7

3

155

Andrew Wolf M 00:21:22.65

8

5

153

Giles Watson M 00:21:43.00

9

6

53

Emile Bloemen M 00:21:52.75

10

7

67

Andrew Cork M 00:22:12.75

11

8

50

Nicholas Biddiscombe M 00:22:36.40

12

9

146

Chris Townsend M 00:22:36.90

13

10

55

David Brian Branfoot M 00:22:39.10

14

11

92

Rob Herridge M 00:22:39.85

15

12

60

Matthew Buntine M 00:22:48.35

16

13

148

Nick Townsend M 00:22:57.40

17

14

160

Charles Field M 00:23:11.30

18

15

408

Steven Dooner M 00:23:20.80

19

16

367

Rebecca Thompson F 00:23:23.15

20

4

277

Junior Richards M 00:23:39.70

21

17

437

Darren Tubb M 00:23:44.45

22

18

294

Anya Christopher F 00:23:51.30

23

5

470

Elaine Doherty F 00:23:58.20

24

6

406

Geoff Deane M 00:24:03.00

25

19

57

Neil Brinkworth M 00:24:10.60

26

20

138

Verna Savory-Webster F 00:24:12.30

27

7

432

Evie Duros F 00:24:18.00

28

8

186

Darren Clarke M 00:24:19.85

29

21

93

Danny Hirst M 00:24:21.40

30

22

188

Lindsey Collinson F 00:24:30.60

31

9

404

Roger Cole M 00:24:31.50

32

23

348

Tom Mahon M 00:24:47.20

33

24

440

Lisa Wassall F 00:24:52.05

34

10

421

Harry Lintell M 00:24:52.95

35

25

418

Henry James M 00:24:57.65

36

26

276

Steve Broadway M 00:24:59.50

37

27

271

Matthew Whiting M 00:25:02.30

38

28

422

Georgia May F 00:25:02.40

39

11

143

Carl Steele M 00:25:03.80

40

29

249

John Shenton M 00:25:05.35

41

30

441

Paul Whitesmith M 00:25:09.65

42

31

374

Timothy Walker M 00:25:21.40

43

32

442

Cynrig Williams M 00:25:25.60

44

33

275

Nimah Hargadon F 00:25:40.15

45

12

147

Natasha Townsend F 00:25:48.85

46

13

161

Mariska Niemeijer F 00:25:51.80

47

14

309

Ian Finlay M 00:25:55.05

48

34

439

Maria Tubb F 00:25:57.40

49

15

438

Samantha Tubb F 00:25:57.45

50

16

203

Aisling Hargadon F 00:26:02.10

51

17

417

Jamie Hillman M 00:26:05.45

52

35

319

James Goodman M 00:26:23.55

53

36

381

Steve Wood M 00:26:26.35

54

37

77

Kevin Franks M 00:26:27.50

55

38

407

Jonathan Deane M 00:26:34.75

56

39

380

Russell Williams M 00:26:52.60

57

40

363

Rachel Sharrod F 00:26:56.10

58

18

397

Jen Baldock F 00:26:58.50

59

19

284

Judith Adams F 00:26:58.85

60

20

311

Matthew Foale M 00:26:59.25

61

41

372

Robert Waitimas M 00:27:00.75

62

42

392

Richard Brown M 00:27:06.10

63

43

59

Sophie Bulgin F 00:27:13.50

64

21

159

Bruce McDonald M 00:27:15.05

65

44

443

Gerry Wyatt M 00:27:20.85

66

45

447

Phillip Cazenove M 00:27:22.10

67

46

85

Louise Victoria Gretton F 00:27:30.90

68

22

112

Kirsty Mcguire F 00:27:34.75

69

23

290

Joff Brown M 00:27:35.90

70

47

90

Rosie Harrison F 00:27:37.85

71

24

310

Tom Finlay M 00:27:39.10

72

48

469

Andy Cameron M 00:27:40.65

73

49

434

Alison Stedeford F 00:27:52.65

74

25

43

Simon Arnold M 00:27:52.75

75

50

396

Paula Bailey F 00:28:02.35

76

26

131

Rosie Rand F 00:28:05.20

77

27

206

Laura Heape F 00:28:11.60

78

28

141

Amy Spicer F 00:28:15.70

79

29

91

Duncan Haynes M 00:28:25.95

80

51

135

Neil Rushton M 00:28:29.85

81

52

100

Martin Kelman M 00:28:32.20

82

53

448

Richard Woodward M 00:28:35.65

83

54

289

Ruth Bishop F 00:28:47.20

84

30

173

00:29:01.20

85

113

Stuart Mcguire M 00:29:06.25

86

55

292

Brynn Burgess F 00:29:07.10

87

31

51

Louise Bird F 00:29:23.80

88

32

233

Rob Read M 00:29:30.60

89

56

87

Daphne Hall F 00:29:31.10

90

33

44

Lorna Atterbury F 00:29:41.60

91

34

389

William McDonald M 00:29:41.75

92

57

144

Helen Synnott F 00:29:45.70

93

35

54

Claire Anna Bradley F 00:29:48.30

94

36

291

Pamela Buckley F 00:29:52.20

95

37

288

Nigel Balman M 00:29:57.25

96

58

423

Alec Mckinlay M 00:29:59.20

97

59

395

Matthew Arney M 00:30:03.50

98

60

361

Amy Rodgers F 00:30:13.45

99

38

267

Rebecca Walters F 00:30:17.30

100

39

435

Henry Swindell M 00:30:18.30

101

61

270

Jason Wassall M 00:30:19.25

102

62

81

Emma Gaunt F 00:30:28.05

103

40

295

Amelia Churnside F 00:30:34.25

104

41

340

Denise Horner F 00:30:35.00

105

42

413

Paul Greenwood M 00:30:39.20

106

63

371

Bev Vale F 00:30:44.70

107

43

427

Susie Oliver F 00:30:44.85

108

44

285

John Adams M 00:30:45.80

109

64

114

Andrew Kim Merryweather M 00:30:46.40

110

65

431

Neil Robinson M 00:30:55.35

111

66

436

Kate Taylor-Short F 00:31:00.95

112

45

425

Hannah Meager F 00:31:04.50

113

46

360

Ben Reynolds M 00:31:12.20

114

67

391

Julie Zoder F 00:31:17.60

115

47

109

Colin Martin M 00:31:27.25

116

68

48

Lizzie Barnes F 00:31:30.20

117

48

301

Polly Crossman F 00:31:33.25

118

49

373

Alma Waitmas F 00:31:46.90

119

50

94

Jane Howitt F 00:31:47.30

120

51

266

Catherine Walker F 00:31:52.85

121

52

377

Tom White M 00:32:15.90

122

69

365

Bryony Synnott F 00:32:17.35

123

53

236

Sam Rothschild M 00:32:28.00

124

70

387

Tim Burke Murphy M 00:32:29.30

125

71

300

Abigail Crosby F 00:32:40.45

126

54

70

Juliette Dickinson F 00:32:41.35

127

55

445

Nicol Stuart M 00:32:42.70

128

72

216

Cliff Large M 00:33:18.90

129

73

177

Debbie Bell F 00:33:21.25

130

56

368

Rachael Thompson F 00:33:28.45

131

57

204

Tracy Hargadon F 00:33:28.85

132

58

357

H Paul F 00:33:30.65

133

59

89

Tim Harris M 00:33:31.60

134

74

366

Robert Thompson M 00:33:34.10

135

75

201

Luke Hagan M 00:33:34.55

136

76

183

Sophie Bukard F 00:33:39.10

137

60

209

Isaac Heron M 00:33:42.70

138

77

322

Gemma Grayston F 00:33:45.15

139

61

208

Jenny Heron F 00:33:50.90

140

62

416

Brian Hays M 00:33:59.15

141

78

420

Victoria Lawes F 00:34:10.30

142

63

446

Alex Mc William Brice F 00:34:14.75

143

64

313

Simon Fordham M 00:35:12.50

144

79

353

Myles Newton M 00:35:14.00

145

80

402

Ana-Maria Burgoyne F 00:35:20.60

146

65

225

Jessica O  Riordan F 00:35:29.05

147

66

356

Bradley Oliver M 00:35:29.60

148

81

318

Leonard Glanfield M 00:35:30.85

149

82

343

Victoria Khanna F 00:35:32.65

150

67

384

Alice Bonham Carter F 00:35:38.05

151

68

339

Emma Honey F 00:35:48.65

152

69

410

Ava Hall F 00:35:49.40

153

70

244

Harriet Olivia Sandilands F 00:35:50.85

154

71

245

Ian Sandilands M 00:35:53.20

155

83

215

Laura Klimes F 00:35:56.70

156

72

103

Jennifer Latham F 00:36:06.70

157

73

223

Josephine Mitchell F 00:36:08.55

158

74

388

William Ferguson M 00:36:16.95

159

84

424

Madeline Mcmurdo F 00:36:21.10

160

75

338

Alice Hobbs F 00:36:28.30

161

76

323

Richard Hamblin M 00:36:59.85

162

85

246

Radd Seiger M 00:37:15.60

163

86

82

Victoria Gilbert F 00:37:28.15

164

77

240

Elizabeth Russell F 00:37:32.10

165

78

468

Andy (Mum) Cameron F 00:37:34.05

166

79

150

Suzannah Vailll F 00:37:34.75

167

80

210

Sian Hewett F 00:38:20.60

168

81

382

Holly Wright F 00:38:23.10

169

82

304

Mark Deacon M 00:38:23.50

170

87

390

Pip Brown F 00:38:26.60

171

83

189

Anne Colquhoun F 00:38:38.55

172

84

248

James Shaw M 00:38:41.90

173

88

393

Liz Coates F 00:39:01.50

174

85

312

Philippa Fordham F 00:39:04.95

175

86

261

Codie Tanner M 00:39:06.90

176

89

314

Beatrice Fordham F 00:39:13.05

177

87

268

Rosie Walters F 00:39:21.70

178

88

344

Robert Lane M 00:39:27.40

179

90

354

Guy Fordham M 00:39:47.85

180

91

375

Andrew Walters M 00:40:13.75

181

92

330

Henni Hinds F 00:40:22.00

182

89

247

Jane Seymour F 00:40:53.05

183

90

386

Clemmie Brown F 00:41:25.05

184

91

332

Allegra Hinds F 00:41:25.55

185

92

315

Mark Gavin M 00:41:46.35

186

93

349

Timothy Mccarron M 00:42:16.40

187

94

272

Sharyn Williams F 00:42:37.15

188

93

191

Karen Davey F 00:42:38.45

189

94

362

Lucy Rodgers F 00:42:50.95

190

95

321

Lyn Grayston F 00:44:15.10

191

96

320

Paul Grayston M 00:44:18.60

192

95

359

Cliff Renee M 00:44:39.10

193

96

358

Lesley Renee F 00:44:41.60

194

97

350

Duncan Mchugh M 00:45:11.80

195

97

316

John Gavin M 00:45:15.10

196

98

376

Natasha White F 00:46:06.90

197

98

385

Amelia Brown F 00:46:07.90

198

99

255

Margaret Stewart F 00:46:12.95

199

100

262

Louise Thomas F 00:46:14.45

200

101

378

Tim White M 00:46:20.15

201

99

211

Emily Highfield F 00:47:04.00

202

102

328

Kylie Heather F 00:47:06.60

203

103

259

Sarah Swift F 00:47:07.40

204

104

333

Otillie Hinds F 00:47:08.65

205

105

329

Jim Hinds M 00:47:13.00

206

100

226

Grace Pimlott F 00:48:54.75

207

106

347

Susan Macleod F 00:52:46.75

208

107

331

Imi Hinds F 00:54:08.50

209

108

287

Vicci Aylesbury F 00:54:48.00

210

109

241

Nicola Ryder F 00:57:29.10

211

110

 

 

 

Bib No First Name Last Name Gender Finish Overall Pos Gender Pos

39

Libby Evans F 00:05:29.80

1

1

31

Terry Millar M 00:05:56.95

2

1

42

Henery Birchall M 00:06:09.90

3

2

20

Jessy Wheeler F 00:06:11.25

4

2

33

Liam Millar M 00:06:11.90

5

3

4

Lottie Christopher F 00:06:20.70

6

3

32

Connor Millar M 00:06:28.45

7

4

10

Ella Finley F 00:06:45.35

8

4

5

Hatti Ducros F 00:06:55.20

9

5

40

Jack Evans M 00:06:58.80

10

5

6

Sophie England F 00:07:23.85

11

6

45

William Birchall M 00:07:48.15

12

6

17

Ruby Robinson F 00:07:57.90

13

7

8

William Erwood M 00:07:59.70

14

7

7

Rebecca England F 00:08:05.00

15

8

34

Erin Patterson F 00:08:15.45

16

9

1

Rose Barlow F 00:08:41.35

17

10

24

Max Fearon M 00:09:03.50

18

8

14

Laily Morgan F 00:09:06.10

19

11

21

James Brinkworth M 00:09:07.60

20

9

15

Olivia Morgan F 00:09:32.90

21

12

26

Bailey Oulton Oulton M 00:09:36.70

22

10

47

Charlie Winter M 00:09:42.35

23

11

18

Codie Tanner F 00:09:50.05

24

13

49

William Winter M 00:10:13.19

25

12

52

Ameleie Winter F 00:10:17.65

26

14

36

Sam Barwell M 00:10:26.95

27

13

9

James Erwood M 00:10:28.90

28

14

3

Isabella Broadhusrt F 00:10:33.50

29

15

38

Saffron Bexley F 00:10:41.55

30

16

12

Bethie Hewett F 00:10:43.95

31

17

27

Isla Robinson F 00:10:49.70

32

18

22

Angus Brown M 00:10:50.80

33

15

35

Oscar Patterson M 00:10:51.85

34

16

37

Sabastian Bexley M 00:11:38.05

35

17

46

Ellie Birchall F 00:12:45.30

36

19

41

Mali Harbour F 17:10:07.00

37

20

 

 

DUE TO DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE ONE MILE SWIM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT 4PM IN PORT ISAAC. PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO PORT ISAAC FOR 3PM TO PICK UP YOUR CHIP AND FURTHER DETAILS DETAILS OF THE ROUTE. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS NOW A HARBOUR SWIM. 

 

 

PLEASE FIND BELOW THE INFORMATION FOR THE DAY FRO ALL RACES….

 

 

Super Serious Swim

Please read this carefully, as by reading this, you are agreeing to The Big Swims terms and conditions.
On registering for this event you should be fit to participate and have read the below to which you agree and adhere to. You should inform event organisers of any relevant existing medical conditions and any arising after registration, that might affect your participation. By reading this disclaimer before the event you have agreed to below. Swimmers must seek their own medical advice prior swimming and discuss this with the organisers of the swim directly with Sarah Coates at [email protected]

________________________________________________
Disclaimer 2017
The Super Serious Swim – I am able to swim at least 3.5 miles in the sea and am over 18 years old
I have done at least this length as a practice sea swim
I am not suffering from any medical conditions or taking any medication which would make me unable to compete. I have agreed to disclose ALL medical conditions that may effect your swimming ability.
I accept that it is my own responsibility to check weather and suitability of the course and that no responsibility exists on the part of the organisers regardless of the provision of safety.
In the unlikely event that the swim is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other good reason, refunds will not be issued and all monies minus the event costs will be donated to the chosen charity.
If weather conditions are suitable and the 3.5 miles swim is cancelled, you may take part in the 1 mile swim from Port Gaverne to Port Isaac at 3.45pm.
I acknowledge that I am taking part at my own risk and will be asked to sign a disclaimer and acceptance of these conditions on the day of the event.
I agree to wear a wetsuit

You are required to arrive for registration at Port Gaverne Beach. It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, time chip and a guardian sign the registration form.

Registration is at 09:00 – 10:00 at PORT GAVERNE CAR PARK

START TIME 14.00 PORT QUIN

 

 

ON THE DAY
Please register in the morning at Port Gaverne Beach (signposted from all roads). You will be given a route to drive in Port Quin to be dropped off. This is extremely important as it’s a one-way system. Anyone driving the wrong way will cause a traffic jam which could stop the race if we do not set you all off on the time allocated. You will be given a map at registration. Lift sharing will be an option at Port Gaverne and on a Facebook page.

There will be NO TRANSPORT this year. It is up to the individuals entering into the race to provide this for themselves.

There is also a cut off time for swimmers to arrive and ‘check in’ at Port Quin. Race start time is 2pm. CUT OFF TIME IS 1.45PM. The reason we do this is that ‘in between registering and swimming’ swimmers can go missing and we need to check all names manually in order to list swimmers entering the sea.

We have arranged a large field for parking at Port Quin behind the small National Trust car park. Cars can be left there for the duration of the swim, but must be picked up that day as it is private property. This parking is free.

*Remember ….. you will be end up in Port Isaac, so it would help you to not have to go and collect your car afterwards, especially if you are tired!

Please contact Sarah Coates if you have any travel questions or issues. [email protected]

Bag drop off at Port Quin. Bags will be driven to the Penhalligon Rooms at Port Isaac for when you finish the race.

A safety briefing will take place at Port Quin. Please make sure you leave yourself enough time to park, walk to the beach and be present for the briefing.

If weather conditions are perfect in the morning there will be no further announcements of a change of swim route. If the weather is a problem on the day you will be advised to stay in Port Gaverne until we announce the ‘all clear’ to head to Port Quin. This announcement time will BE advised at registration.

THE WATER SAFETY TEAM HAVE THE RIGHT TO PULL OUT SLOW SWIMMERS IF NEEDED FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THAT OF OTHERS.

Markers will line the course, safety boats will be in close reach for anyone who may need to be taken out of the water. Medical assistance is on standby at all times.

 

REGISTRATION
This will happen at Port Gaverne Beach. It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, an electric timing tag and sign the registration form. Please bring at least your minimum sponsorship money with you and hand in at registration.

HOW TO GET THERE
Big Swim Car Park @ Port Gaverne postcode PL29 3SQ – this is signposted from all roads entering Port Isaac and Port Gaverne.

BY TRAIN
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway. This is a 45 minute (18.5 mile) journey to Port Gaverne. You will need to get a bus or taxi. Buses are limited in Cornwall and run slower and less frequently over the weekends.

PARKING
There are plenty of parking spaces available in the ‘Big Swim’ Car Park. Parking is available in a farmer’s field, a three minute walk from Port Gaverne beach and a ten minute walk to Port Isaac. It is a steep hill walk so take extra time with children. The car park is clearly marked from all roads that lead into Port Gaverne.
Please note that the roads will be closed on the day and you can only access the Car park from the A39 sign posted towards ‘Port Gaverne’ NOT ‘Port Isaac’. Car parking will be at a small fee for the whole day and evening.

COURSE
Depending on weather and sea conditions we may have to change the route of the Super Serious Swim. This year the contingency plan will see swimmers have the option of joining the 1 mile swim ‘ahead of the Serious Swim’ as a competitive leg of its own. This is only if the Serious swim is also agreed by organisers to go ahead dependant on weather conditions.

This course is 3.2 miles long, you may experience rough water. You will leave the calmer waters of Port Quin and head out to the headland, where you will turn right towards Port Isaac. Once you have swum along the gorgeous coastline, you will head right into the Harbour of Port Isaac, where you will head through the breakwater to the shore and the finish line!!!

TIMING
We will be using sports timing chips again this year. It is important that you run across the timing mat at the finish line. Results will be printed and posted on the day after the last swimmer has left the water and published on our website a couple of days later.
Your race chip will be given to you at the start of the race. PLEASE attach the chip securely to your ankle immediately as they cost money to replace, and it will be you who has to pay for it! Please DO NOT attach it to your wrist – the mats will not pick up the transponder and you will not be recorded.
The chips themselves are relatively expensive so we must get the chips back and we will collect the chips at the end of the race just after the finish line from our time chip removal team.

INFORMATION
There will be an information point at Port Gaverne and our registration team will answer any of your questions.

BAGGAGE
There will be a cloakroom van on the beach at the start of your race which will take any belongings safely to the finish line. You will check your bag in at Port Quin. These will then be driven to the Penhalligon Rooms at Port Isaac, a two minute walk up the hill from Port Isaac beach. The ‘Big Swim’ cannot take responsibility for lost or damaged baggage.

CHANGING
When you finish the race, you will have the opportunity to use the ‘Penhalligon Rooms’ as our pop up changing room. Please note, there are NO SHOWERS. These are situated up the hill from Port Isaac beach, a two minute walk.

WETSUITS
You must wear a wetsuit under new guidelines.

MUSIC/GO-PRO’S
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. The Big Swim cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from racing with equipment.

FIRST AID
Medical support will be present on the water and at the finish. You should be relatively fit and have no known medical conditions that would place your health in danger. Please note – do not swim if you are feeling unwell at all. This can be extremely dangerous. Please seek expert medical advice if you have any health concerns prior to the race.

TOILETS
Toilets are located at Port Gaverne and Port Isaac. They are both public toilets. There are NO TOILETS at Port Quin.

WATER
Water will be available at the finish line, although we encourage you to bring your own prior to the race and with water safety boats/kayaks.

PRIZES
You will be given a medal after the race.
Winners will this year be awarded a prize.

HOT FOOD & DRINK
A variety of items will be available for purchase in Port Gaverne and Port Isaac. Shops and restaurants will be open all day but Sharp’s Bar will be open until late!

THE BIG PARTY
Don’t forget to hang around for live music and the beach party after. We have lots of bands, beer and food.

DON’T FORGET
To resister in person on the day.
Bring a full change of clothing.
Money for food/drink/parking/etc.
To eat a healthy meal and to avoid alcohol the night before the event.
To eat something light and drink plenty of water prior to the event.
To leave enough time to get there with plenty of time to spare.
If for any reason you decide not to swim, having already registered for the event that morning, it is essential that you let an Information Point or Registration Team know as we will assume you are missing at sea.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
* No under 18 year olds are permitted to swim the Super Serious Swim. If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.
There will be water, a medal and a free pint of Sharp’s beer for every swimmer at the end of the race.

SAFETY BRIEF

You must be wearing a swim hat
You must have a swim number on your hand
You must be counted into and out of the water
If you are in trouble you must raise your arm and a kayak will come to you and take you to a boat
If you see anyone else in danger please raise your arm to alert a safety team member
Kayaks will be on your left and boats on the right
If you want to you may hold on to a kayak, please do not capsize kayaks by leaning on then heavily
You must give your tag to a safety team member on board a boat
You must be able to sight and kept track of the direction you are swimming in
You must obey the decision of the Big Swim Safety team at all times
You must NOT leave the water without telling a member of the team or you will be a missing person
If for any reason you decide not to enter the water at the beginning of the race, you must immediately alert a member of staff. If you do not do this you will be a missing person at sea.

 

 

Serious Swim
Please read this carefully as you will be asked if you have read this at registration in order to enter the swim.
On registering for this event you should be fit to participate and have read the below to which you agree and adhere to. You should inform event organisers of any relevant existing medical conditions and any arising after registration that might affect your participation. By reading this disclaimer before the event you have agreed to below. Seek medical advice if appropriate.

Disclaimer 2017

The Not So Serious Swim – I am able to swim at least 1 mile in the sea.
I have done a practice sea swim
I am not suffering from any medical conditions or taking any medication which would make me unable to compete. You must disclose ALL medical conditions that may effect your swimming ability.
I accept that it is my own responsibility to check weather and suitability of the course and that no responsibility exists on the part of the organisers regardless of the provision of safety.
In the unlikely event that the swim is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other good reason, refunds will not be issued and all monies minus the event costs will be donated to the chosen charity.
I acknowledge that I am taking part at my own risk and will be asked to sign a disclaimer and acceptance of these conditions on the day of the event. (Note that the parent or guardian of each entrant under the age of 18 will be required to be present and to countersign this disclaimer and acceptance.)

You are required to arrive for registration at Port Gaverne Beach. It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, time chip and a guardian sign the registration form.

Registration is at 09.00 – 10.00 at PORT GAVERNE BEACH

START TIME 4pm Port Gaverne Beach

Bags will be driven to the Penhalligon Rooms at Port Isaac for when you finish the race.

A safety briefing will take place by our safety team on Port Gaverne beach. Please make sure you leave yourself enough time to park, walk to the beach and be present for the brief.

Markers will line the course, safety boats will be in close reach for anyone who may need to be taken out of the water. Medical assistance is on standby at all times.
We ask that sponsor forms and money raised be brought to registration on the day of the race OR you will asked to pay the minimum sponsorship amount of £25. Cheques to be made payable to ‘The Big Swim’ please.
We are not taking any entries on the day of the swim.
Don’t forget to hang around for the live music and beach party afterwards. Enjoy your swim.

WHAT HAPPENS AT EACH RACE
You will be asked to register before your race start time at Port Gaverne beach. There will be a ‘Big Swim’ team member to meet you, register you and answer any questions you might have.

REGISTRATION
It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, an electric timing tag and sign the registration form.

HOW TO GET THERE
Big Swim Car Park @ Port Gaverne postcode PL29 3SQ

BY TRAIN
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway. This is a 45 minute (18.5 mile) journey to Port Gaverne. You will need to get a bus or taxi. Buses are limited in Cornwall and run slower and less frequently over the weekends.

PARKING
There are plenty of parking spaces available in the ‘Big Swim’ Car Park. Parking is available in a farmer’s field, a three minute walk from Port Gaverne beach and a ten minute walk to Port Isaac. It is a steep hill walk so take extra time with children. The car park is clearly marked from all roads that lead into Port Gaverne.
Please note that the roads will be closed on the day and you can only access the Car park from the A39 sign posted towards ‘Port Gaverne’ NOT ‘Port Isaac’. Car parking will be at a small fee for the whole day and evening.

COURSE
This course is one mile long, sometimes rough and heads out to sea. You will leave the calmer waters of Port Gaverne and head out to the headland, where you will turn left towards Port Isaac. Once you have swum along the gorgeous coastline, you will head left into the Harbour of Port Isaac, where you will head to the shore through the breakwater and to the finish line!!!

TIMING
We will be using sports timing chips again this year. It is important that you run across the timing mat at the finish line. Results will be printed and posted on the day after the last swimmer has left the water and published on our website a couple of days later.
Your race chip will be given to you at the start of the race. PLEASE attach the chip securely to your ankle immediately as they cost money to replace, and it will be you who has to pay for it! Please DO NOT attach it to your wrist – the mats will not pick up the transponder and you will not be recorded.
The chips themselves are relatively expensive so we must get the chips back and we will collect the chips at the end of the race just after the finish line from our time chip removal team.

INFORMATION
There will be an information point at the start and finish areas and our registration team will answer any of your questions.

BAGGAGE
There will be a cloakroom van on the beach before your swim which will take any belongings safely to the Penhaligon Rooms at Port Isaac, a two minute walk up the hill from the finish line. You will check your bag in at the start of your race.

CHANGING
When you finish the race, you will have the opportunity to use the ‘Penhaligon Rooms’ as our pop up changing room. Please note, there are NO SHOWERS. These are situated up the hill from the beach a two minute walk.

WETSUITS
You must wear a wetsuit under new guidelines.

MUSIC/GO-PRO’S
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. The Big Swim cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from racing with equipment.

FIRST AID
Medical support will be present on the course and at the finish. You should be relatively fit and have no known medical conditions that would place your health in danger. Please note – do not swim if you are feeling unwell at all. This can be extremely dangerous. Please seek expert medical advice if you have any health concerns prior to the race.

TOILETS
Toilets are located in the start and finish area. They are both public toilets.

WATER
Water will be available at the finish line, although we encourage you to bring your own prior to the race.

PRIZES
You will be given a medal after the race.
Winners will this year be awarded a prize.

HOT FOOD & DRINK
A variety of items will be available for purchase in Port Gaverne and Port Isaac. Shops and restaurants will be open all day but Sharp’s Bar will be open until late!

DON’T FORGET
To resister in person on the day.
Bring a full change of clothing.
Money for food/drink/parking/etc.
To eat a healthy meal and to avoid alcohol the night before the event.
To eat something light and drink plenty of water prior to the event.
To leave enough time to get there with plenty of time to spare.
If for any reason you decide not to swim, having already registered for the event that morning, it is essential that you let an Information Point or Registration Team know as we will assume you are missing at sea.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
* We ask that swimmers are over 13, are able to swim 1 mile and have a reasonable level of fitness. All 13 to 18 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult for the swim and a signature from the parent or guardian will be required at registration. If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.
There will be water and a free pint of Sharp’s beer for every swimmer at the end of the race!!!!

SAFETY BRIEF

You must be wearing a swim hat
You must have a swim number on your hand
You must be counted into and out of the water
If you are in trouble you must raise your arm and a kayak will come to you and take you to a boat
If you see anyone else in danger please raise your arm to alert a safety team member
Kayaks will be on your left and boats on the right
If you want to you may hold on to a kayak, please do not capsize kayaks by leaning on then heavily
You must give your tag to a safety team member on board a boat
You must be able to sight and kept track of the direction you are swimming in
You must obey the decision of the Big Swim Safety team at all times
You must NOT leave the water without telling a member of the team or you will be a missing person
If for any reason you decide not to enter the water at the beginning of the race, you must immediately alert a member of staff. If you do not do this you will be a missing person at sea.

 

Not So Serious Swim
Please read this carefully as you will be asked if you have read this at registration in order to enter the swim.
On registering for this event you should be fit to participate and have read the below to which you agree and adhere to. You should inform event organisers of any relevant existing medical conditions and any arising after registration that might affect your participation. By reading this disclaimer before the event you have agreed to below. Seek medical advice if appropriate.

 

The Not So Serious Swim – I am able to swim at least 1 mile in the sea.
I have done a practice sea swim
I am not suffering from any medical conditions or taking any medication which would make me unable to compete. You must disclose ALL medical conditions that may effect your swimming ability.
I accept that it is my own responsibility to check weather and suitability of the course and that no responsibility exists on the part of the organisers regardless of the provision of safety.
In the unlikely event that the swim is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other good reason, refunds will not be issued and all monies minus the event costs will be donated to the chosen charity.
I acknowledge that I am taking part at my own risk and will be asked to sign a disclaimer and acceptance of these conditions on the day of the event. (Note that the parent or guardian of each entrant under the age of 18 will be required to be present and to countersign this disclaimer and acceptance.)

You are required to arrive for registration at Port Gaverne Beach. It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, time chip and a guardian sign the registration form.

Registration is at 09.00 – 10.00 at PORT GAVERNE BEACH

START TIME 4pm

Bags will be driven to the Penhalligon Rooms at Port Isaac for when you finish the race.

A safety briefing will take place by our safety team on Port Gaverne beach. Please make sure you leave yourself enough time to park, walk to the beach and be present for the brief.

Markers will line the course, safety boats will be in close reach for anyone who may need to be taken out of the water. Medical assistance is on standby at all times.
We ask that sponsor forms and money raised be brought to registration on the day of the race OR you will asked to pay the minimum sponsorship amount of £25. Cheques to be made payable to ‘The Big Swim’ please.
We are not taking any entries on the day of the swim.
Don’t forget to hang around for the live music and beach party afterwards. Enjoy your swim.

WHAT HAPPENS AT EACH RACE
You will be asked to register before your race start time at Port Gaverne beach. There will be a ‘Big Swim’ team member to meet you, register you and answer any questions you might have.

REGISTRATION
It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, an electric timing tag and sign the registration form.

HOW TO GET THERE
Big Swim Car Park @ Port Gaverne postcode PL29 3SQ

BY TRAIN
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway. This is a 45 minute (18.5 mile) journey to Port Gaverne. You will need to get a bus or taxi. Buses are limited in Cornwall and run slower and less frequently over the weekends.

PARKING
There are plenty of parking spaces available in the ‘Big Swim’ Car Park. Parking is available in a farmer’s field, a three minute walk from Port Gaverne beach and a ten minute walk to Port Isaac. It is a steep hill walk so take extra time with children. The car park is clearly marked from all roads that lead into Port Gaverne.
Please note that the roads will be closed on the day and you can only access the Car park from the A39 sign posted towards ‘Port Gaverne’ NOT ‘Port Isaac’. Car parking will be at a small fee for the whole day and evening.

COURSE
This course is one mile long, sometimes rough and heads out to sea. You will leave the calmer waters of Port Gaverne and head out to the headland, where you will turn left towards Port Isaac. Once you have swum along the gorgeous coastline, you will head left into the Harbour of Port Isaac, where you will head to the shore through the breakwater and to the finish line!!!

TIMING
We will be using sports timing chips again this year. It is important that you run across the timing mat at the finish line. Results will be printed and posted on the day after the last swimmer has left the water and published on our website a couple of days later.
Your race chip will be given to you at the start of the race. PLEASE attach the chip securely to your ankle immediately as they cost money to replace, and it will be you who has to pay for it! Please DO NOT attach it to your wrist – the mats will not pick up the transponder and you will not be recorded.
The chips themselves are relatively expensive so we must get the chips back and we will collect the chips at the end of the race just after the finish line from our time chip removal team.

INFORMATION
There will be an information point at the start and finish areas and our registration team will answer any of your questions.

BAGGAGE
There will be a cloakroom van which will take any belongings safely to the Penhaligon Rooms at Port Isaac, a two minute walk up the hill from the finish line. You will check your bag in at the start of your race.

CHANGING
When you finish the race, you will have the opportunity to use the ‘Penhaligon Rooms’ as our pop up changing room. Please note, there are NO SHOWERS. These are situated up the hill from the beach a two minute walk.

WETSUITS
You must wear a wetsuit under new guidelines.

MUSIC/GO-PRO’S
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. The Big Swim cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from racing with equipment.

FIRST AID
Medical support will be present on the course and at the finish. You should be relatively fit and have no known medical conditions that would place your health in danger. Please note – do not swim if you are feeling unwell at all. This can be extremely dangerous. Please seek expert medical advice if you have any health concerns prior to the race.

TOILETS
Toilets are located in the start and finish area. They are both public toilets.

WATER
Water will be available at the finish line, although we encourage you to bring your own prior to the race.

PRIZES
You will be given a medal after the race.
Winners will this year be awarded a prize.

HOT FOOD & DRINK
A variety of items will be available for purchase in Port Gaverne and Port Isaac. Shops and restaurants will be open all day but Sharp’s Bar will be open until late!

DON’T FORGET
To resister in person on the day.
Bring a full change of clothing.
Money for food/drink/parking/etc.
To eat a healthy meal and to avoid alcohol the night before the event.
To eat something light and drink plenty of water prior to the event.
To leave enough time to get there with plenty of time to spare.
If for any reason you decide not to swim, having already registered for the event that morning, it is essential that you let an Information Point or Registration Team know as we will assume you are missing at sea.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
* We ask that swimmers are over 13, are able to swim 1 mile and have a reasonable level of fitness. All 13 to 18 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult for the swim and a signature from the parent or guardian will be required at registration. If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.
There will be water and a free pint of Sharp’s beer for every swimmer at the end of the race!!!!

SAFETY BRIEF

You must be wearing a swim hat
You must have a swim number on your hand
You must be counted into and out of the water
If you are in trouble you must raise your arm and a kayak will come to you and take you to a boat
If you see anyone else in danger please raise your arm to alert a safety team member
Kayaks will be on your left and boats on the right
If you want to you may hold on to a kayak, please do not capsize kayaks by leaning on then heavily
You must give your tag to a safety team member on board a boat
You must be able to sight and kept track of the direction you are swimming in
You must obey the decision of the Big Swim Safety team at all times
You must NOT leave the water without telling a member of the team or you will be a missing person
If for any reason you decide not to enter the water at the beginning of the race, you must immediately alert a member of staff. If you do not do this you will be a missing person at sea.

 

 

The Little Swim
Please read this carefully as you will be asked if you have read this at registration in order to enter the swim.
On registering for this event your child should be fit to participate and you should have read the below to which you agree and adhere to. You should inform event organisers of any relevant existing medical conditions of your child and any arising after registration, that might affect your participation.
By reading this disclaimer before the event you have agreed to below. Seek medical advice if appropriate.

Disclaimer 2017

Little Swim – The child entering under your authority is able to swim at least 300 yards in the sea.
The child entering under your authority agrees to wear a wetsuit under new open water sea swim guidelines.
The child entering under your authority (as the named guardian) has no doubt that this child has done at least one practice sea swim of this length without any problems.
The child entering under your authority isn’t suffering from any medical conditions or taking any medication which would make them unable to compete. This includes any medical issues prior to booking the event for the named child. You must disclose ALL medical conditions that may effect your swimming ability before the event in full.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check weather conditions and suitability of the course and that no responsibility exists on the part of the organisers regardless of the provision of safety.
Parent/Guardians should agree to the authority of the Big Swim Team at all times.
In the unlikely event that the swim is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other good reason, refunds will not be issued and all monies minus the event costs will be donated to the chosen charity.
You acknowledge that by entering this named child you have read the above and take very seriously the risk of entering the named child into this sea swim. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer and accept these conditions on the day of the event. (Note that the parent or guardian of each entrant under the age of 18 will be required to be present and to countersign this disclaimer and acceptance.)

You are required to arrive for registration at Port Isaac Beach. It is essential that every swimmer be given a race number, safety visibility hat, time chip and a guardian sign the registration form. Otherwise the child registered will not be able to take part in the event.

Registration is at from 4.30pm on PORT ISAAC BEACH

START TIME 5.30pm

We ask that swimmers are able to swim 300 yards without floatation devices and have a good level of fitness. If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.

A safety briefing will take place just before the race, by our safety team on Port Isaac beach. Please make sure you leave yourself enough time to park, walk to the beach, register and be present for the brief. Parking is a ten minute walk away in Port Gaverne.

A specialised safety team will be there to look after all swimmers. Medical assistance is on standby at all times.

We ask that sponsor forms and money raised be brought to registration on the day of the race OR you will asked to pay the minimum sponsorship amount of £10. Cheques to be made payable to ‘The Big Swim’ please.
Don’t forget to hang around for the live music and beach party after. Enjoy your swim.

WHAT HAPPENS AT EACH RACE
You will be asked to register before your race start time. There will be a ‘Big Swim’ team member to meet you, register you and answer any questions you might have.

REGISTRATION
This will happen on Port Isaac Beach at 4.30-5pm It is essential that every swimmer be given a number, safety visibility hat, an electric timing tag and sign the registration form.

HOW TO GET THERE
Big Swim Car Park at Port Gaverne postcode is: PL29 3SQ. This will be clearly marked from all roads approaching.

BY TRAIN
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway. This is a 45 minute (18.5 mile) journey to Port Gaverne. You will need to get a bus or taxi. Buses are limited in Cornwall and run slower and less frequently over the weekends.

PARKING
There are plenty of parking spaces available in the ‘Big Swim’ Car Park. Parking is available in a farmer’s field, a three minute walk from Port Gaverne beach and a ten minute walk to Port Isaac. It is a steep hill walk so take extra time with children. The car park is clearly marked from all roads that lead into Port Gaverne.

Please note that the roads will be closed on the day and you can only access the Car park from the B3314 sign posted towards ‘Port Gaverne’ NOT ‘Port Isaac’. Car parking will be at a small fee for the whole day and evening.

COURSE
Children will swim around the harbour in a unique, controlled and safe environment carefully watched by our safety team. The 300 yard swim sees little swimmers swim out towards the breakwater, around the fishing boats and back towards the beach.

TIMING
We will be using sports timing chips again this year. It is important that each swimmer runs over the timing mat at the finish line. There will be plenty of us to direct you to the finish line. Results will be printed and posted on the day after the last swimmer has left the water.

Your race chip will be given to you at the start of the race. PLEASE attach the chip securely to your ankle immediately as they cost money to replace, and it will be you who has to pay for it! Please DO NOT attach it to your wrist – the mats will not pick up the transponder and you will not be recorded.
The chips themselves are relatively expensive so we must get the chips back and we will collect the chips at the end of the race just after the finish line from our time chip removal team.

INFORMATION
There will be an information point at the start area and our registration team will answer any of your questions.

BAGGAGE
We ask that your adult for the day looks after your clothes for you on the beach. There will be no cloakroom as we expect an adult to be with a child at all times during the day, apart from when taking part in the swim.

CHANGING
When you finish the race, you will have the opportunity to use the ‘the Penhalligon Rooms’ as our pop up changing rooms. Please note, there are NO SHOWERS. These are situated up the hill from the beach a two minute walk.

WETSUITS
You must wear a wetsuit under new guidelines.

MUSIC/GO-PRO’S
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. The Big Swim cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from racing with equipment.

FIRST AID
Medical support will be present on the beach at Port Isaac. You should be swim fit and have no known medical conditions that would place your health in danger. Please note – do not swim if you are feeling unwell at all. This can be extremely dangerous. Please seek expert medical advice if you have any health concerns prior to the race.

TOILETS
Toilets are located in Port Isaac and Port Gaverne.

WATER
Water will be available at the finish line, although we encourage you to bring your own prior to the race.

PRIZES
This year we will split the ages into groups and have more prizes for age and gender!!!  Every swimmer will receive a medal on completion of the race.

HOT FOOD & DRINK
A variety of items will be available for purchase in Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. Shops and restaurants will be open all day but Sharp’s Bar will be open until late for parents!

DON’T FORGET
To resister in person on the day.
Bring a full change of clothing.
Money for food/drink.
To eat a healthy meal the night before the race.
To eat something light and drink plenty of water prior to the event.
To leave enough time to get there with plenty of time to spare.
If for any reason you decide not to swim, having already registered for the event that morning, it is essential that you let an Information Point or Registration Team know as we will assume you are missing at sea.
For more information, please contact [email protected]

If anyone has any special requirements or medical conditions it must be declared in full confidence with Sarah Coates before registration.

You must be wearing a swim hat
You must have a swim number on your hand
You must be counted into and out of the water
If you are in trouble you must raise your arm and a kayak will come to you and take you to a boat
If you see anyone else in danger please raise your arm to alert a safety team member
Kayaks will be on your left and boats on the right
If you want to you may hold on to a kayak, please do not capsize kayaks by leaning on them heavily
You must give your tag to a safety team member on board a boat
You must be able to sight and kept track of the direction you are swimming in
You must obey the decision of the Big Swim Safety team at all times
You must NOT leave the water without telling a member of the team or you will be a missing person
If for any reason you decide not to enter the water at the beginning of the race, you must immediately alert a member of staff. If you do not do this you will be a missing person at sea.
See you on the day!

The Big Swim Team

The Big Swim 2016

We would like to say a massive thank you to:

  • Our wonderful sponsor SHARP’S BREWERY for all their continued support
  • JOHN BRAY AND PARTNERS for sponsoring our fantastic stage!!!
  • Special thanks to ROCK TORS and POLZEATH LIFE SAVING CLUB and their teams who provided water safety on the day and EVERYONE who volunteered and helped who make this day such a success!

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We are delighted to have been able to donate this year’s proceeds of the swim to:

£3,000 Port Isaac RNLI
The charity that saves lives at sea

£3,000 The Cornwall Air Ambulance
Help life-saving missions throughout Cornwall

£3,000 The Little Harbour Hospice
For all those precious children in Plymouth and Cornwall

£1,500 National Lobster Hatchery
For all their continued education, conservation and research

£1,500 The Village Hall
Helping support our local hall with their refurbishment fund

£1,500 Polzeath Life Saving Club
For the team that looks after you in the water and provides life-saving training for children from 7 years and upwards

£1,000 The National Trust
Who give us permission to use the beach and bring a fantastic team on the day

A DONATION OF £1,500 was also given by Sharp’s Brewery to the Little Harbour form the proceeds of the bar…

taking the Grand total to: £16,000.00

Last years money raised was £12,700.00.

That means that since 2011 The Big Swim Cornwall has raised £60,461.37 for local charities.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this event and to everyone who volunteers on the day.


Set yourself ‘the challenge of the summer’ whilst spending the weekend in the gorgeous coastal villages of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. Choose from a selection of races to challenge you, swim for fun or come back to beat your last year’s personal best! If you are new to ‘The Big Swim’, welcome!

The 2016 Big Swim raised £16,000 for charities. Every year you raise more and more! Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and contributed to this success.

The Big Swim was initiated by Sarah Coates, who wanted to inspire locals and visitors to utilise this amazing natural resource on their doorstep and take to the open water to push boundaries, create a fun personal challenge whilst raising money for local charities that support our fragile coastal communities.

Last year hundreds of you swam, then relaxed and listened to the music line up, which was fantastic, and the party continued on The Platt until midnight.

Sharp’s Brewery remains our fabulous sponsor and donates a FREE pint to every swimmer after the race of delicious Sharp’s beer.

This year John Bray are sponsoring the sound stage right on the Slipway, Port Isaac. John Bray is an established Estate Agent and Holiday Letting Agency with over 40 years experience, specialising in properties in Port Isaac, Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock. As a local company with a base in Port Isaac, they are delighted to support The Big Party! raising money for local and other good causes.

John Brays

Our two local campsites are ready to welcome you once again. We had some lovely feedback from swimmers last year who stayed at the campsites.

The Big Swim Campsite: Pennant Farm, St Endellion, Port Isaac, PL29 3TP. Call Mark or Carol on 01208 880574 or 07979 368607, or email them at [email protected]. £10 per adult.

‘Glam Tipi Camping’ – Cornish Tipi Holidays, St. Teath, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3LW. Call Lizzie on 01208 880781 or visit www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk.