Busy time for Kingfishers’ swimmers

Kingfishers swimmers Back from left,David Marshall,Kev Sykes and Jane Sedman. Front SavannahSnowball,left and Erin Hope. Picture by Neil Silk  123531
Kingfishers swimmers Back from left,David Marshall,Kev Sykes and Jane Sedman. Front SavannahSnowball,left and Erin Hope. Picture by Neil Silk 123531
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Kingfishers swimmers swam the two miles from Scalby Mills to the Spa recently to kick-off a busy period for the club.

The swimmers Kev Sykes, Mary Beth Hebron, Jane Sedman, Erin Hope, Savannah Mackenzie and Louise Scupham along with lifeguard Robyn Keech and club officials Paula Ambury and Hannah Keech boarded the boat out to Scalby Mills.

Four members of Scarborough Canoe Club Martin Sterling, John Vinton, Chris Tindall and a second John met them half a mile out to sea in line with Scalby Mills and they were ready to start.

The swim went as perfectly as it ever could, with a little help from the tide the swimmers had cleared the North Bay in 15minutes and were all able to see the finish point by 35 minutes with all spectators trotting along the Marine Drive to keep up as the swimmers were moving so fast.

Louise stood up first at the steps at The Spa in 41.45 Savannah and Erin finished together in 48.06, Mary-Beth was close on their heels in 51.26,

Kev Sykes came storming home in 54.33 and Jane brought up the rear having swum the distance in breastroke in 1.05.18.

The following night Erin Hope, David Marshall and Owen Willis set off from the Albert Cafe steps on The Marine Drive in the North Bay to attempt the 1.5 mile Castlefoot swim, accompanied by the cub safety boat with Phil Dickinson and Kev Sykes on board and canoeist Chris Tindall and Dave Adamson from Scarborough and District Club.

The water was quite choppy as they approached the coffee pot rock and for the next 300m or so but it soon calmed down and all three swimmers swam exceptionally well to complete the swim in very fast times.

Erin was first in 38.40 incredible feat as this was her second sea swim in just 24hrs,

Owen and David came in almost together, Owen just standing up first in 41.56 and David in 41.57.

Club official Ambury said: “As always with open water swimming, Kingfishers never let the swimmers have the final moment of any report, because without the dedication and support of the safety team they wouldn’t have got in, in the first place.

“Huge thank you to the five Scarborough and District Club canoeists who came straight from work, launched and packed up afterwards having had to canoe back around the castle head land to where their cars were parked once the swimmers had completed their swim, also to the three local fishermen who donated their time and boats to help Kingfishers be in a position to offer these traditional local swims to our members, and finally to the lifeguards and club officials who work hard to ensure our short but very productive Open Water season gets better year on year.”

In July 2013 Kingfishers Swimming Club are going down to the English Channel to complete a relay crossing with its open water swimmers.

Fundraising is in full swing for this event and anyone wanting any information or would like to help to fundraise please call Paula Ambury on 07834182183