Highlights of the event held in aid of river based charity Chiswick Sea Cadets
The ninth annual Pissarro Great River Swim from Chiswick Pier to Chiswick Eyot took place on Saturday 4th September. If you missed the action, below is a video of the event which raised money for river based charity Chiswick Sea Cadets.
The winner of the mile race was George Beecher from Wimbledon in 22 mins 4 secs followed by Lara Nyman from Pinner in 23:23. These were followed by Nicholas Murch (Essex), Mark Anley (Barnes) and Nichola Harris (Essex).
The kilometre race was won by Kevin Davies (Aldershot) in a record time of 12 mins 16 secs, with Gary Keuning (Wimbledon) and Philip Donnelly (Kingston) tying in a dead heat for second place in 12 mins 52 secs. Sakura Hingley from Eton was the first women in 14 mins 13 secs.
All 120 competitors completed the course successfully under the watchful eye of kayakers from Chiswick Pier Canoe Club, two rescue boats from London Corinthian Sailing Club and a RiB normally kept on Chiswick Pier. A lifeboat from RNLI Chiswick Station was also on the water to observe.
The event attracted swimmers from across the London area and the Home Counties.
The fastest Chiswick residents taking part were Sarah Prophet (Grove Park, mile in 35:06) and Howard Womersley-Smith (Grove Park, km in 16:32), followed by Graeme Tulloch (Old Chiswick), Nathan and Kate Goss and Caspar O'Flynn (Bedford Park), Frances Klemperer and Robin Hunter (Grove Park).
James Hallett, a director at sponsors Pissarro, sportingly entered the km race and came home in 15th place with a creditable time of 18 mins 28 secs.
The 2011 tide tables are now being studied to find a suitable date for tenth Pissarro Great River Swim next year.
September 8, 2010