Blue Mile event draws good crowds to Plymouth Barbican
As part of the Marine City Festival, swimmers set off Saturday morning from the Mayflower Steps on the Plymouth Barbican to swim a mile for charity.
The swimmers, who were cheered on by a good size crowd, were taking part in the Ecover Blue Mile, a fundraising event where participants donate money towards WWF-UK, and swam from the Barbican out to the Tinside Lido swimming pool and back again.
One of the first to complete the swim was Suzi Morgan.
"It was really good. It is the first time I have swum in an event like this in the open sea and the experience was fantastic, she said.
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Suzi also expressed relief at not knowing a basking shark had been spotted in the area until after she got out of the water.
Another swimmer who had her first experience of the ocean was Alexandra Robinson.
"I usually swim using the crawl technique, but looking straight down without being able to see the bottom freaked me out a bit, so I ended up doing the breast stroke all the way. My goal was to complete the mile in under 48 minutes and I did it in 46 minutes, so I feel pretty epic right now," she said.
Apart from swimming, people can also kayak or paddle the mile during the event, which runs throughout Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
"We have about 300 people taking part so far and that number is a bit up compared to last year," one of the organisers, Theresa Page, said.
She added that there were still chances for people to come along and try either paddling or kayaking the mile distance. Anyone interested should visit the Blue Mile tent on the Barbican.
See the pictures from the event here: