Now in it’s seventh year, the Plymouth Breakwater Swim will commence once again on Sunday the 5th of August. This massive 4km challenge is one for swimmers from both local reaches, and all across the UK. We’ve been lucky enough to have seen the growth and development of this amazing event over the years which has become the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
David Squires, Events Manager at the Chestnut Appeal said that they’ll have 280 swimmers taking part this year; ‘These swimmers will be raising thousands of pounds for the Chestnut Appeal and at the same time creating their own bit of history’
Founded in 1999 at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, the Chestnut Appeal has become the forefront of prostate cancer care right across the region. They support the latest treatments and technology in Men’s healthcare whilst raising awareness for some of the most common cancers in men.
The swim’s registration is at Plymouth’s Historic Barbican before the swimmers are brought over to the breakwater, 4km away, by boat. Once the safety team are in place the swim commences with the first swimmers arriving back on shore in just 40 minutes. Back on shore, the swimmers will arrive at Tinside Beach for their well-earned soup.
It’s an exceedingly tough challenge and all those who take part must be experienced in open water swimming and should be able to complete the distance in a Pool (160 lengths in a 25 metre pool). This massive undertaking justifies as a great fundraiser for the Chestnut Appeal whilst raising awareness of Men’s Health across the region. To date, the Breakwater swim has raised in excess of £140,000 for the Chestnut Appeal. This particular event will be the 25th Chestnut Appeal sponsored swim, so the charity is commemorating with specially designed swimming caps.
Registration for the swim is £50 and you can register via the Chestnut Appeal website www.chestnutappeal.org.uk