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Open water swimmers take to the River Severn
Sean and Georgia Fogarty
Sean Fogarty and his daughter, Georgie before the event

Swimmers of all ages took to the waters of the River Severn for the third open water swim.

The event on Sunday was over 1500m or 700m and 75 people took the plunge.

Among them were BBC Shropshire reporter, Sean Fogarty and his daughter, Georgie, who is a member of Shrewsbury Amateur Swimming Club.

They took part in the longer swim from Welsh Bridge to just beyond Kingsland Bridge and then upstream to Pengwern boat club.

Both finished but found the going hard for the last 400m against the current. Sean is in training for the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere in September to raise money for charity.

Oldest competitor

The Severn Mile swim
Swimmers of all ages took part in the Severn open water event

At 82 years old, Ted Hoy from Oswestry was the oldest competitor in the Severn Mile swim swim: "I only did the 700m down with the current. It's quite a strong current and it's difficult to swim back up from the bridge."

Dave Mawhinney from Bayston Hill near Shrewsbury was taking part for the second time. He used the swim as part of his training for the Iron Man Championships in Hawaii in October. It will be his second appearance in the competition.

Swimmers came from as far away as Suffolk and Sheffield to take part in the race.

Richard Davies from Mold Masters swimming club said the Severn Mile was a new experience: "This is a relatively new competition here in the Severn. This is only the third year running, so a lot of curiosity from people who do open water swimming...that's why we've all come down."


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