The 49th annual Fairway Swim took place on Sunday 3rd June 2012. The swim attracted 27 swimmers from around the country including English, Irish and Bristol Channel swimmers. Swimmers swam a shortened course inside Pole Sands due to adverse weather conditions turning early and swimming against the tide back to the finish. All 27 swimmers completed the course.
Stockbridge Pentaqua swimmer Nicola Fraser entered the swim for the first time and beat last year’s winner Harriet Tuck of Dinnaton swimming club to win the race overall in a time of 1hour 6minutes 17seconds. Alyson Phippen completed the top three beating Exmouth and first male swimmer Olly White into fourth place by eight seconds. Olly won his third consecutive Exmouth Journal Cup and also won his 13th consecutive Exmouth men’s title. Completing the top 5 was first Exmouth Lady Tara Dudley who won her fifth consecutive Exmouth Title. Jamie Page was the next Exmouth swimmer to finish in a time of 1.11.31 placing him 7th overall and 3rd male. The final Exmouth swimmer to finish was Mark Westaway who came 19th overall (11th male) whilst completing the entire course Breaststroke winning the Ron Snowshall Breaststroke championship for the fourth consecutive year.
The swim can only take place each year due to the efforts of swim organiser Barry Westaway, swim referee and Exmouth open water coach Alan Franks, a number of volunteers from Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society, and support from the RNLI, Coastguard, Beach Rescue, St John’s ambulance, boatmen, and kayakers who assist in the running of the swim each year. Plans are already underway to mark the golden jubilee of the swim in 2013.
The Exmouth team are now continuing to train for other swims around the country; including Tara Dudley and Jamie Page who are scheduled to swim the channel in August and September respectively.
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