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Sunshine and success for Sea Swim - 2016

On Sunday 5th June 2016 43 swimmers took part in Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) annual One Mile Sea Swim. Following a safety briefing from Brendon Prince, Chairman of the Torbay Surf Life Saving Club swimmers set off from Broadsands beach, Paignton, at 2pm.

With calm conditions and a sea temperature of over 13 degrees swimmers were guided on the one mile route to Goodrington by members of the Torbay Surf Life Saving Club, with the fastest swimmer completing the swim in just 27minutes and 15seconds. For all swim times please see bottom of article.

As well as pre-registered entrants a number of swimmers signed up on the day and swimmers included Devon Air Ambulance Trustee Andy Appleboam and volunteer Sara Fox. The glorious sunshine encouraged crowds of spectators to the beaches; family and friends joined the swimmers to see them off before dashing over to meet them at Goodrington. Swimmers were awarded with a medal and goody bag on completion and treated to hot chocolate and cake.

Fundraising Director Caroline Creer stated “This event was postponed from September 2015 due to bad weather conditions, so it was so great that we got so lucky with the weather this year. It was brilliant to see so many supporters, both in and out of the water – well done to all of the swimmers! It really was a fantastic afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

This event kicked off Devon Air Ambulance’s in-house organised events for summer 2016; the next event on the DAA calendar will be the annual Motorcycle Ride Out on Sunday 10th July, followed by the Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 25th September and Commando Challenge on the 8th and 9th October.

The One Mile Sea Swim was raising funds equally for Devon Air Ambulance and Torbay Surf Life Saving Club.


This event has now passed, but it is an annual event, so be sure to keep an eye on our Events page for more fun and inspiring events and activities. 


Swimmer times:

Robin Grimbeek - 00:27:15

Paul Crooks  -  00:31:05

Time Lowe -  00:31:05

Michael Reynolds -  00:31:05

Andrew Appleboam  - 00:31:06

Janette Atkinson  - 00:32:38

Luke Hillier - 00:32:40

Adam Williams - 00:33:07

Barney Bell - 00:34:05

Kate Came - 00:36:31

Claire Gott - 00:36:37

Genna Davies - 00:37:21

Sam Bourner - 00:37:34

Alex Sanders-Page - 00:38:31

Graham Thomas  - 00:38:35

Sarah Sweatman  -  00:39:20

Janet Wood - 00:39:54

Michael Abbott - 00:39:54

Richard Staniland - 00:40:38

Lou Doret - 00:42:12

Elspeth Goodwin - 00:42:12

Caroline Dowdeswell - 00:42:16

Vicki Howe -  00:42:16

Amanda Thomas -  00:42:22

Jane Whitcombe - 00:42:22

Fiona Wilkinson -  00:43:55

Edward Derbridge - 00:46:23

Kay Moseley  - 00:46:23

Craig Smith-Nichols -  00:46:23

Helen Sargent  - 00:47:10

Allan Macfadyen  -  00:47:16

David Brittan - 00:47:30

Catherine Carter  - 00:49:17

Pete Day  - 00:50:02

Dan Ellis  - 00:56:13

Julia Lewis - 00:56:38

Sara Fox  -  00:56:51

Jane Lock  - 00:56:57

Annette Drewett -  00:57:11

Thomas Brittan  -  01:00:22

Sam Rapson   -  01:00:22

Deborah Phillips - 01:01:57

Jennifer Harlow  -  01:11:11

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