Westaway swims into record books

PUBLISHED: 14:24 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010

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EXMOUTH Swimming and Lifesaving Society open water swimmer Mark Westaway became the first man to swim from Exmouth to Brixham on Sunday, July 20. Westaway completed the 17 mile swim as part of his training for a Channel swim later this summer.

EXMOUTH Swimming and Lifesaving Society open water swimmer Mark Westaway became the first man to swim from Exmouth to Brixham on Sunday, July 20.Westaway completed the 17 mile swim as part of his training for a Channel swim later this summer. Accompanied by family and friends on an escort boat piloted by Exmouth deputy lifeboat coxswain Steve Hocking-Thompson, Westaway swam from the new Exe Estuary buoy to Brixham in a time of 8hrs 38min 55secs.The only other person to have completed the swim is Jane Soloman.Westaway faced some pretty rough and certainly cold conditions throughout the marathon swim.The swim started in calm seas early on Sunday morning but conditions quickly changed with the north westerly wind picking up to a force 3-4 with force 5 gusts. These changing weather conditions made the sea rough, with a large swell. Coach Alan Franks said: "It was very pleasing to see how well Mark dealt with the changing conditions throughout the swim which proved he has got what it takes to complete an English Channel crossing."As Westaway approached Sholstone Beach, where he would make his landing, strong tides made it difficult to make any headway and, having already been swimming for over seven and a half hours, it took a lot of physical and mental energy to get through the demanding last section of the swim. The fact he did suggest he has what it takes to be successful when he swims the Channel next month.THERE were some exceptional performances from the Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society when they took part in the Devon Development Gala.The event is staged over two weekends and involves swimmers from clubs all over the county competing in events ranging from 100 meters to 1500 meters.The 14 year old boys' team swept the board in terms of their age group events. Hamilton Easton finished in second place, Edward Taylor was 4th and Ollie Daw came in 6th.Rachel Strickland was 5th in the 13 year old girls' age group and Daisy O'Loughlin came 5th in the Under-14 group, whilst in the boy's under-12 class Jack Moss finished a very creditable 5th.Easton though was the star of the show as he swam to 1st in the 100m backstroke, 2nd in the 200m backstoke, 3rd in the 200m breastroke, 2nd in the 100m individual medley, 3rd in the 100m breastroke, 3rd in the 200m freestyle and 4th in the 200m individual medley.There were 'personal bests' achieved by Amber Morrison; Emily Western; Georgina Babbage; May Argyle; Sally Ann Macefield; Lucy Worts; Keziah Smith; Beth Cordy; Eve Birrell; Emily Ellett and Ross Warburton.Other results were:Edward Taylor 1st 100fc, 1st 100fly, 4th 100IM, 4th 200fc, 5th 200IM, 6th 100brs, top six 100bk, 400fc and 200bk; Olly Daw top six 200brs, top six 100fc, 5th 100brs, 6th 200IM + 2 PBs; Rachael Strickland 3rd 100 bk, top six 200fc, 3rd 200bk, 4th 200IM, 5th 100fc; Daisy O'Loughlin 1st 100brs, 5th 200IM, 3rd 200brs; Jack Moss 3rd 200bk, 6th 100IM and top six in 400fc, 100fc and 100bk; Rachael Cooper 6th 100fc;Henry Mock 6th 100brs plus 3 PBs;Owen Flynn 3rd 200fly, top six 200brs + 3 PBs; Liam Spiller top six 200IM + 2 PBs; Luke Burton top six 200fly + 1PB.

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