Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

August 22, 2004
Sarah wins Stert Island Swim for second year running

Bath University triathlete Sarah HartshornBath University triathlete Sarah Hartshorn (pictured right) won the gruelling sea swim between Burnham-On-Sea and Stert Island for the second year running.

She beat 58 other competitors to win the 2.4km event on Sunday August 22, 2004.

The race sees competitors dash into Bridgwater Bay at Burnham-On-Sea beach, then swim across the bay to Stert Island before swimming back to Burnham.

Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com after crossing the finishing line in a time of 27 minutes, 43 seconds (just 13 seconds outside of her winning time in 2003), Sarah (29) said: "It was a tougher race this year because the sea was choppier, but I'm pleased with my time. It's a great event." Sarah trains at least six times every week, swimming up 20,000 metres as part of her triathlon training.

Malcolm Greenslade from Lyme Regis was second, Paul Cox from Bath was third, Charlotte Maurisson from Bradford-on-Avon was fourth, Rob Morris from Bristol was fifth and Neil Anderson from Bromley, Kent was sixth.

Stert Island swim oldest competitor 70-year-old Roger Venner of Burnham-On-SeaThe oldest competitor this year was 70-year-old Roger Venner from Burnham-On-Sea (pictured right) who finished in a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 2 seconds.

The unique event, which is run by Sedgemoor District Council, attracts dozens of spectators and participants from all over the country.

Onlookers are able to watch from Burnham's Esplanade and for the first time this year also were able to support local charities by buying produce from a dozen craft stalls set up along the seafront.


Position Name Age Town Finish Time
1 Sarah Hartshorn 29 Bath 27:43
2 Malcolm Greenslade 43 Lyme Regis 30:10
3 Paul Cox 36 Bath 31:54
4 Charlotte Maurisson 18 Bradford-on-Avon 32:30
5 Rob Morris 33 Bristol 33:17
6 Neil Anderson 31 Bromley (Kent) 33:57
7 Jamie Page 27 Exeter 35:48
8 Rich Coleman 45 Bleadon 35:48
9 Jeff Mattick 20 East Brent 35:55
10 Bill Gough 43 Burnham-on-Sea 35:58
11 Martin Chandler 30 Melksham 36:34
12 Roy Pitt 54 Bristol 36:59
13 Martin Harrison 42 Ilfracombe 37:33
14 Rupa Morris 35 London 39:12
15 Gary Matthews 32 Burnham-on-Sea 39:32
16 Oliver Le Cheminant 43 Dawlish 39:37
17 Elizabeth Page 24 Cheddar 39:45
18 Martin Rogers 37 East Huntspill 39:49
19 Jacqui Stearn 52 Cirencester 40:06
20 Simon Hawkins 35 Lyme Regis 40:14
21 Matt Thomas 36 Worcester 40:23
22 Paul Godfrey 41 Weston-super-Mare 40:42
23 Huw Rees 54 Bristol 40:42
24 Eamon Abbott 49 Exeter 41:02
25 Simon Williams 39 Martock 42:15
26 Simon Wareham 31 Bristol 42:21
27 Paul Inett 37 Worcester 42:38
28 Maria Yates 40 Farnborough 43:11
29 Bruce Bourne 50 Churchill 43:35
30 Neil Taylor 44 Somerton 43:56
31 Jo Howard 32 Burnham-on-Sea 44:04
32 Nick Foulks 43 Kenton Mandeville 44:19
33 Allan Pendleton 58 Burnham-on-Sea 44:27
34 Oliver Ellis 24 Clevedon 44:43
35 Rowena Butler 32 London 44:57
36 Soso Chow 29 London 44:57
37 James Barnes 43 Langport 45:08
38 Andrew Dixon-Lewis 48 Thornbury 46:31
39 Andy Salter 48 Weston-super-Mare 46:36
40 Scott Woolock 21 Biddiscome 46:56
41 Keith Cowan 39 London 47:18
42 Paul Flanagan 42 Weston-super-Mare 47:37
43 John Augustus 39 Brean 47:37
44 Pete Telford 50 Weston-super-Mare 48:12
45 Stephen Chapman 56 Bristol 50:21
46 Bruce Manning 53 Langford 50:40
47 David Sainsbury 52 Pawlett 52:12
48 Dave Baxter 44 Hutton 52:18
49 Faye Steele 29 Burnham-on-Sea 52:31
50 Dan Whittle 25 Cheddar 52:31
51 Jane Tull 36 Dymock (Glouc) 52:56
52 Stephen Baxter 51 East Brent 54:02
53 Charles Taylor 36 Worcester 55:35
54 Chris Beek 46 Pawlett 58:43
55 Patricia Weller 48 Highbridge 59:18
56 Roger Venner 70 Burnham-on-Sea 1:04:02
57 Deborah Miller 38 Burnham-on-Sea 1:11:19
58 Philip Hemming 52 Burnham-on-Sea 1:19:49
59 Roy Bailey 67 Bridstol DNF

Click here for the 2003 Stert Island Swim results

Background to the Stert Island Swim:

In August 2000, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council rescurrected the Stert Island Swim as a Millennium Project. Prior to this, there had been no swim for 40 years. Since 2000 the event has been held every year.

The Stert Island SwimThe organisers of the event say the Stert Island Swim should be seen as a challenge rather than a race and something for athletes to get their teeth into.

The event has to be swum on the Neap Tide where there is maximum high water for sufficient length of time to ensure the swimmers can reach the Island safely and return.

Wetsuits are encouraged as the water temperature rarely exceeds 18 degrees Centigrade.

A range of competitions for children were also held on the beach after the 2004 swim with the sandcastle competition being won by The Sand Rockers, second Burnham Bells, third Castle Guards. The anagrams competition was won by Emma Bolton and Katriana Short won the wordsearch contest.

How to enter next year's Stert Island Swim:

The numbers of the participants in the Stert Island Swim are limited to 80 and no entries are accepted on the day, so those wishing to participate must contact Sedgemoor District Council in advance to secure a place.

Entry fees for 2004 were £7.50 and all participants receive a goody-bag and commemorative gift. Swimmers should be aware that the race takes place in a tidal estuary and participants should be 18 years old or over and confident in their ability to swim in cold open water. Full first aid and rescue facilities are provided.

For information on the next event in August 2005 and to receive an entry form when available, please contact King Alfred Sports Centre on 01278 786868 or email kingalfred.sports@sedgemoor.gov.uk.

More about the 2003 Stert Island Swim.

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