Tara first local lady in Fairway

PUBLISHED: 17:20 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society held the 45th annual Fairway Buoy Swim on Sunday. For the first time in the swim's history a new route had to be used after areas of the old course had become too shallow to swim in.

Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society held the 45th annual Fairway Buoy Swim on Sunday.

For the first time in the swim's history a new route had to be used after areas of the old course had become too shallow to swim in.

There was little or no wind and 33 of the record 39 swimmers entered took to the water, including King of the Channel Michael Read and Linda Ashmore, record holder for the oldest female to complete the Channel, and a strong team of five Exmouth swimmers. Organiser Barry Westaway said: "Someone must have been looking down on us with the weather as none of the 33 swimmers who started the 4.5-mile course retired".

The race was won overall by last year's winner Caroline Ball of Kelly College in a time of 1.34.25.

Caroline trains in open water with the Exmouth Open Water squad and coach Alan Franks at Budleigh beach up to three times a week.

Second overall and first male swimmer to finish was Darron Corden in 1.36.52. He returned to the Exmouth Fairway Buoy Swim a number of years after he last entered. Third overall was Nancy Shaw with Robert Cook, winner of the men's race last year, fourth overall and second male. The fifth swimmer, and third man home, was Exmouth's Olly White who won the trophy for first Exmouth swimmer after 1.40.54 in the water.

Simon Lee, who has completed the swim 19 times and has won on numerous occasions, was fourth male and sixth overall, finishing a minute before Exmouth swimmer Ian Lang, who completed in 1.42.23 to improve his overall and men's positions from last year, finishing 7th overall and fifth male.

Next to finish was first Exmouth lady Tara Dudley, who was competing in her maiden Fairway Buoy, claiming 8th place and third lady in a sprint finish from Charlotte Roberts.

Elaine Lewis, another 'first timer' was second Exmouth female home, 18th overall and sixth female swimmer in a time of 1.48.05.

Completing the Exmouth team was Mark Westaway who was 17th overall and 12th male. Mark is swimming the English Channel this August and is sponsored by Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society and Westaway Electrics.

For results or information about Exmouth Open Water Swimming visit their very informative website exmouthswimming.org.

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