TENFOOT SWIM SUCCESS SHINES THROUGH THE RAIN
Last Saturday morning saw the wonderful spectacle of the first TENFOOT charity swim from Tenby to Saundersfoot. The inaugural event saw 175 swimmers take on the 5K endurance challenge from Tenby’s north beach to Saundersfoot beach. This would have been a difficult challenge at the best of times, but the swimmers had to contend with poor conditions from the weather and the changing tide.
At the start, swimmers and spectators were entertained by music from Bruce Campbell and commentary from Kevin Lloyd and were sent on their way by Tenby’s Mayoress Sue Lane and her town crier. Once underway, the swimmers entered the water and made their way to Monkstone point.
Throughout the challenge the team of kayakers and safety boats made sure the swimmers were safe and were also on hand to offer encouragement along the way.
On arrival at Saundersfoot beach, the swimmers were entertained by the music of Samba Doc who played their hearts out for all the swimmers who completed the mamouth challenge. Each swimmer was presented with a specially designed TENFOOT medal by Chairman of Saundersfoot Community Council Anthony Mattick and Mayoress Sue Lane. Also, they were given Princess Gate Water and Welsh cakes and soup courtesy of Sue’s Pantry. The first to arrive at Saundersfoot beach was Andrew Wallace from Pembroke.
Those who didn’t fancy swimming the 5K route completed their own endurance challenge – the TENFOOT Trek, which was a walk along the coastal path instead. The 110 Trekkers had the opportunity to take in the stunning views and encourage the swims from their elevated position.
In the evening, all swimmers, volunteers and sponsors were invited to the Regency Hall where they were entertained with live music provided by local bands James Hinchcliffe, Butch, Gluee, Tied & Wasted.
During the evening, Anthony Mattick (member of the TENFOOT Committee) took time to thank all of the people present who had made the swim such a success. A special mention was given to each of the many commercial sponsors for their generosity as their financial support ensured that every penny of the entry fee was donated to the nominated charities. Anthony Mattick then introduced Chris Williams who had the pleasure of informing the audience that the TENFOOT swim had raised £10,000 and handed a cheque of £5,000 each to The Rory Rogers Fund and Bloodwise.
The prizes of the raffle were then announced which included a 4 ball at Celtic Manor, a trip in a brand new Ferrari Spyder 488 and a number of meals provided by local by restaurants in Saundersfoot.
The TENFOOT Organising Committee would like to express their extreme thanks and gratitude to all the volunteers, 37 kayakers, 21 boats, 3 jet skis, stewards, photographers who ensured that the swim was a success. A special thank you to the support and professionalism of the Tenby and Saundersfoot Sailing Clubs, Pembrokeshire Paddlers, doctors, Tenby RNLI, Kevin Cheeseman, Emmet Johnson and the lifeguards from Surf Link-
Lastly, thanks to Michael Davies (Chief Executive Officer of Saundersfoot Harbour) and Mathew Broadhurst (Tenby Harbour Master) and their respective teams for their support before, during and after the event.
Due to the success and positive feedback about the swim, the TENFOOT Organising Committee are due to meet to finalise details of the 2018 TENFOOT Swim. The 2018 date will be released within the next month.
Further information about the swim can be found the website
TENFOOT TIME IS HERE
After all the build up over the past few months, the inaugural Holiday Cottages sponsored TENFOOT Swim kicks off tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9.30am. With the number of entrants restricted to 175 swimmers, the participants will enter the water on Tenby’s north beach and head to Saundersfoot to complete the 5k challenge.
The purpose of this swim is to raise money for two charitable causes, Bloodwise and the Rory Rogers Fund. The committee is indebted to the many volunteers who have come forward to make this event happen both on and off the water. As well as a number of kayaks and boats, organisers will be assisted by the safety teams from the Saundersfoot and Tenby Sailing Club, Tenby Surf Link and Pembroke Paddlers. In order to make sure that all the entry money is donated to charity, organisers would like to thank the generosity of over 35 local businesses who have made financial contributions to pay for the running of the swim.
There is also a TENFOOT Trek for all the people who don't fancy getting wet! After the swimmers have started, they will walk the coastal path from Tenby to Saundersfoot. When all the competitors finish at Saundersfoot they will be welcomed in by the well known Samba Band. The first swimmer is due in at Saundersfoot beach around 11am.
All swimmers, trekkers and volunteers will then be invited to a free musical extravaganza at the Regency Hall that night with doors opening at 7.30pm where various local bands will be performing free of charge.
TENFOOT Trek T-
Pictured below Rory Rogers and the TENFOOT Trek team sporting the T-
Pembrokeshire Tyres, of Tenby are the latest sponsor to unveil their support for the TENFOOT swim which is this Saturday. Local businessman Neil Duffy was delighted to support the inaugural event. In addition to his sponsorship, Neil will also be taking part in the 5K swim.
Organisers would like to express their thanks to Neil and all the other sponsors whose financial support ensures that all of the entry money is donated between Bloodwise and the Rory Rogers Fund.
In the last week before the swim more local businesses have been showing their support for the event.
Tenby Penguins, the dedicated Open Water Swim Team for 12 -
Joining the many other local businesses who have provided financial support for the event are 1Formula Fitness and M&M Windows.
Pictured are Chris Williams with representatives from the Tenby Penguins, Will Lewis of 1Formula Fitness and with M&M Windows
With only two weeks to go before the inaugural Tenfoot Swim organisers are busy making final plans for the event. Chris Williams has again been on his travels to three local businesses Big Brum's, Little and Large Bites and Sursum Tattoo who have thrown their financial weight around this much anticipated event. Chris said, “As we get closer to the swim the anticipation is growing. As an organising committee we are delighted so many businesses are becoming involved for two worthwhile causes. The support from commercial sponsors will ensure every penny raised from the entry fee will be donated to the two charities”.
Another big thank you to one of our sponsors, Mill Bay Homes are delighted to support the Tenfoot Swim. Pictured is their Chairman Ron Butler meeting with organisers. Mill Bay Homes are building high-
We would like to thank another local firm that is supporting the Tenfoot Swim. Antur Insurance Services are proud to be sponsors of the TenFoot Swim.
Chairman Chris Williams is pictured with Adam Uka of Antur Insurance who have also agreed to donate 10% of there earnings to the charity fund raising for any client introduced of the back of their support of the swim.
Please call Adam, quoting TenFoot Swim on 01437 772 698 or email Adam.Uka@anturgroup.co.uk to discuss your insurance requirements whilst helping to support the Swim in its fundraising
As the build up to the first TENFOOT swim gathers pace, so do the local sponsors wishing to support. This week, two additional sponsors signed up to the inaugural event, those being Scaffold 2000 and Pembrokeshire Wealth Management. Scaffold 2000 are no strangers to supporting Saundersfoot swims as they have sponsored the New Year’s Day Swim for a number of years. Tony Upham, who also supports the NYDS was also only too happy to throw his support behind TENFOOT.
Pictured below are Chris Williams with Paul Gorman (Scaffold 2000) and Tony Upham (Pembrokeshire Wealth Management) with TENFOOT committee member Adam Uka
With only one month to go, two more Saundersfoot businesses have signed up to support the first TENFOOT swim. Jill from The Silver Lily (Saundersfoot) and Danny and Caroline Henson from Saundersfoot Bay Leisure Park and Broughton Leisure Ltd are pictured with organiser Chris Williams. Chris said, “The continued support from local businesses has been incredible. The commercial sponsorship money will ensure that all entry money paid by the swimmers will go to Bloodwise and the Rory Rogers Fund. We are grateful to all sponsors”.
With just over a month to go, two more Saundersfoot businesses have signed up to support the first Tenfoot swim. Spencer Odley from Dragon Catering and Paul Hancock from Spar are pictured with organiser Chris Williams. Chris said, “The financial support from Paul and Spencer will help to ensure that all entry money paid by the swimmers will go to Bloodwise and the Rory Rogers Fund. The support from all commercial sponsors has been incredible and the organising team are extremely grateful for their generosity”.
Pembrokeshire company has sprung into action to once again show its support for the inaugural Tenfoot Swim on 15th July. Princes Gate Water is the local latest sponsor to sign up for the event and have been unveiled as the official water supplier for all participants.
Pictured: Chris Williams and Paula Davies & ‘Cloudy’ (Princes Gate Water)
Continuing our features on our fantastic sponsors we are happy to announce JOP Ltd Civils & Painting are delighted to be supporting the fantastic Tenfoot Swim event with a donation of £1,000. Luc Jenkins of JOP “We believe the event will be a great success for the local community and are proud to help the fantastic work undertaken by the Rory Rogers Fund and Bloodwise by sponsoring the finishers T Shirts” Pictured, Left to Right – Dan Cunnigham, Neal Merchant and Luc Jenkins of JOP along with Chris Williams TenFoot Swim
Chris has been out meeting more of our sponsors, he is pictured below with Mike Wealleans pvc doors and conservatories who are proud to be involved with the Tenfoot Swim.
The Tenfoot Swim committee would like to thank all of the commercial sponsors who are supporting the event. Chris Williams, chairman of the event, has been meeting with our sponsors and is pictured with the main sponsor, Saundersfoot local Christian Done, now new business manager for Wales of holidaycottages.co.uk
Chris has been carrying on with his tour of our fantastic sponsers. He is pictured here with Safe Electrical who are proud to be sponsoring the Tenfoot Swim. As if sponsoring the event isn't enough partner in the business Danny Caine will also be doing the swim !
Chris has been meeting with another of our amazing sponsors, this time he is pictured with Richard Graham of Big Brum's who are supporting the event by providing the swimmers medals for the finishers.
A group has come together from the communities of both Tenby & Saundersfoot to organise the very first 5km TenFoot Charity Sea Swim. Aptly named, because it starts in TENby & finishes in SaundersFOOT the challenge is the brainchild of local fundraiser, Mr.Chris Williams who has a wealth of experience in being involved in fund raising events. He has brought together a group of individuals who have experience in not only being involved in the organising of similar events, but also, a number have taken part in numerous National Ironman, Triathlon & Sea Swim Events. Chris & friends wanted to organise something that would appeal to people as being exciting, challenging & also helping to raise awareness & money for Two extremely important charities. The nominated charities, Rory Rogers of Saundersfoot & The Blood Cancer Charity, Bloodwise, mean a lot to the group & they are hoping they can do something that may make a difference. The 5 Kilometre Swim is to be held on Saturday 3rd of June & will set off from Goscar Rock on Tenby’s North Beach, rounding Monkston Point & finishing on Saundersfoot Beach. This is not a race, but more of a challenge say the organisers. People who wish to enter are asked to express their interest online by visiting the web site www.tenfootswim.co.uk but only on the understanding that the appropriate levels of training will have been undertaken to take on such a challenge.
Pictured at North Beach, Tenby are some of the TenFoot
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