A successful swim
Monday 25 July 2011
Nearly 90 swimmers took part in the Mencap Mile event
Dorney Lake in Windsor welcomed 88 swimmers for the Mencap Mile, yesterday (Sunday 24 July).
The mile-long open-water sponsored swimming challenge at the Olympic and Paralympic venue attracted swimmers of all abilities. The fastest male was Ben Silver, 25, who completed the mile in 20 minutes and 29 seconds, and the fastest female was Sarah Martin, 27, whose time was 26 minutes and 21 seconds.
A number of teams also entered the event, including staff from the Southdown Housing Association in East Sussex. The fastest team was Shave Off Ten – a group of three friends (Chris Gore, Andy Timpson and Anna Jennings). Their combined time was 1 hour, 51 minutes and 5 seconds.
Anna Jennings said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day – there was a really friendly atmosphere and I'm glad I could be part of something so worthwhile. I'll definitely be back next year!”
“The 2011 Mencap Mile was a fantastic event,” said Mencap events officer Rachel Croshaw, “we had 88 enthusiastic swimmers, who made the day a great success.”
All the sponsorship money raised will go straight to Mencap, so the charity can help more people with a learning disability, their families and carers. It will also support Mencap’s campaigns.
See photos from the 2011 Mencap Mile
Find out more about the Mencap Mile and how to sign up for next year’s event