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    Padstow to Rock Swim

    Swim one mile from Padstow to Rock, across the Camel Estuary, and raise money for Marie Curie.

    The Metropole Hotel is a main corporate sponsor of The Padstow to Rock Swim. We have long supported this fantastic local event supporting the Marie Curie charity. Every year our chef’s run the BBQ over at the finish line in Rock. Come and join us from 14:00 on Sunday 6 August 2017 for some great food and an even better cause.

    The Swim

    The swim offers elite swimmers the amazing opportunity of a one-mile open water swim in the popular Camel estuary under controlled safe conditions. The swim starts ifrom the Sea Cadet slipway in Padstow and ends in the RNLI slipway in Rock. There are two groups of swimmers: The first is for Elite swimmers who can complete the swim in a maximum of 30 minutes. eThe second group is for non-elite swimmers who can complete the swim in a maximum of one hour. 

    Swimmers are accompanied by safety boats, canoeists and boarders, all of whom can provide assistance. Each swimmer receives a certificate and T-shirt on completion of the swim, as well as a pasty and bottle of water. Included is a ferry ticket to get back to Padstow.

    When is the Swim

    Sunday 6 August 2017 on the late afternoon tide.

    The Charity

    The Padstow to Rock Swim is a personal challenge, but at its heart, it’s all about raising money for the charity, Marie Curie.

    Marie Curie is an organisation which provides high quality care, support and nursing, totally free, to give people with terminal illnesses the choice of dying at home, supported by their families. It runs nine Marie Curie Hospices across the UK offering free specialist care for patients and support for families.

    History of the swim

    Local enthusiast Sarah Hawkins decided to raise money for charity by persuading friends and family to swim across the Camel estuary from the harbour wall in Padstow to Rock in the early 1970s. The popularity of this successful event grew rapidly with numbers rising year on year.

    With Health and Safety regulations having an increasing impact on the organisation of the swim, a small group of local people took on the challenge. A new swim committee now shares the task of administration of the swim to meet all Health and Safety obligations.

    The swim was relaunched, with Sarah’s blessing, in 2007, with the Marie Curie Cornwall Nursing Appeal as the partner charity since 2011.

    The Hawkins Cup, donated by Sarah Hawkins, is a trophy which is awarded annually to the person who is considered by the Committee to have contributed most to the swim in that particular year.