Staff, trustees and supporters at West Wight Sports Centre are recovering fom an epic weekend. 39 of them swam the Solent on Saturday and on Sunday over 300 took part in the annual West Wight Triathlon.
Bill French, 68 from Brighstone trustee of the charity that runs the Centre was the bravest – completing both events in full. Coming ashore at Colwell after the 70 minute swim from Hurst he was elated, exhausted and cold, but recovered sufficiently before the next day when he swam 600 metres (this time in the pool), cycled 35 km and ran 7.5 km in the triathlon. Bill said “It was a fantastic weekend – challenging and nerve wracking – I loved every minute” Lesley Dye 48, from Freshwater also took part in both events – being part of a team in the Triathlon.
The Solent Swim was a charity fund raising event for the West Wight Sports Centre Trust and organisers expect to have raised in excess of £13,000. Centre Manager Clare Griffin said, “The Solent Swim was amazing – our swimmers were awesome and the spectators that turned out to support the arrival of each of them at Colwell were great. It was a brilliant morning”
Amongst the swimmers were Freshwater GP, Dr Annette Scivier who will have raised over £4,000 (part of Annette’s funds will go to Huntingdons Association); event organiser, Mandy Pearce; Island musician, Doug Alldred; story teller, Sue Bailey; 67 year old marathon runner, Madeline Goodman; as well as staff members Gay Grieve, Shirley Cokes, Pat Johnson, Vicky Miller, and Kate Phelps.
Other swimmers were: Karen Baker, Fiona Bawcombe, Natalie Bee, Christie Bird, Lorna Bolton, Joe Campebell, Amy CHettle, Chris Court,Peter CZapp, Mandie Davison, Mark Duffus, Lesley Dye, Chris Evertson, Jo Hanks, Christopher Heath, Keith Hobbins, Dave Hollis, Ingrid Kelly, Janie Martin, Neil Oliver, Rachel Parsloe, Shaun Pearce, Anna-Lisa Price, Jacqui Robertson,George Sanders, Sarah Sargent, Anna Smith, helen Staniford, Ellie Stavely, Isobel Taylor, Stephanie Weller.
The triathlon is an annual event and this year saw nearly 300 competitors take part. More teams than ever entered with 14 being made up from Vestas employees. Trust chairman, Gill Kennett said “We are in awe of the efforts that so many people have made this weekend – completing the Solent Swim and Triathlon. Not only that but more than 200 volunteers have helped us in some way or another to run these events”