Ball defends her Fairway swim title.

PUBLISHED: 10:48 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 June 2010

CAROLINE BALL successfully defended her Exmouth Fairway title on Sunday when she completed a shortened race of two miles in a time of 55.22.

CAROLINE BALL successfully defended her Exmouth Fairway title on Sunday when she completed a shortened race of two miles in a time of 55.22.Ball finished just nine seconds behind the overall winner, Darron Cordon, who also regained the title he won 12 months before swimming in the colours of Kelly College.Another impressive statistic about the Ball effort was that she came in 3rd overall in a field that included nine Channel swimmers.Tara Dudley was the first Exmouth lady swimmer home, completing the race in 59:13, leaving her and Ball as the only lady swimmers to break the one hour mark from the 11 strong field.In all 35 swimmers contested the event which got off to a delayed start owing to the conditions.Swim organisers cleverly used the outgoing tide to create a two mile swim inside the sand banks.The shorter swim proved to be just as demanding as the original longer course for the swimmers turned more quickly and had to swim back to the finish against a strong tide.Another Exmouth swimmer, Olly White, swam into 5th place in the men's event in a time of 58:57 and incredibly that means that for the tenth year running White has been the first Exmouth swimmer back in the race.Corden claimed the men's race in 55:13 with Benjamin Pennington 2nd in 55:21 and William Bott 3rd 21 seconds further back.The 2nd Exmouth man home was Ian Lang in a time of 59:34 whilst 3rd local swimmer in the men's event was Ross Szender in 1:00:44.In the breaststroke event, Mark Westaway made an impressive debut, winning the breastroke cup in a time of 1:08:11.All 35 swimmers completed the revised course, this the second year running that the swim has had a 100% finish.This is testament to swim organisers as it is very rare in the sport for the whole field to complete this type of open water swim.

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