The annual Exmouth Swimming Life Saving Society Starcross swim for 2016 was held on Sunday 17th July. The swim reverted back to the traditional course starting from the Starcross Ferry Jetty after entrants boarded the final ferry of the day for a one way trip across the river. Swimmers experienced ideal weather conditions with sun and only a slight swell although many swimmers spotted jellyfish large and small in the water.
Last year’s winner George Cornwell-Brown defended his title winning the race overall in a time of 31minutes and 23 seconds. Alison Browning, swimming her first Starcross swim, was second and first lady in a time of 32.28. There was then a very tight finish between Junior champion Joel Rawe, returning swimmer Ian Lang, who has not competed in open water for a few years, and Channel swimmer Jamie Page who were separated by only 20 seconds in times of 33.31, 33.38, and 33.51 respectively. Jed Reid was also close behind these three swimmers to claim 2nd Junior and 5th male in his first open water race. Sophie Spiller and Heidi Schunck then provided another exciting finish racing for the junior female title with Spiller beating Schunck to take the trophy by only 33 seconds. Sophie’s brother Aidan was only a further 8 seconds behind Schunck with her brother Joe Schunck also finishing strongly. This year’s oldest swimmer Martin Sprigmore was next to finish beating Kathy Azuino, who was consistent with her time from last year with only a twenty second difference.
All the swimmers who started the swim completed the course. Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society would like to thank all those who help make the Starcross swim a success each year; particularly Exmouth Beach Rescue, boat crews, kayakers, and the RNLI.
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