Sefryn swims the Dart to raise money and awareness for Thames21

The Dart 10K is an annual swim challenge hosted by the Outdoor Swimming Society. It is said to be the aquatic equivalent of a marathon and is ‘one of the UK’s most inspiring and challenging swim events’. This year’s event was no exception for the Outdoor Swimming Society’s Oxford region representative, Sefryn Penrose; who took on the Dart 10K not just as a personal challenge but to also to raise money and awareness for Thames21.

Swimmers can swim at their own pace while taking in the rolling hills of the Devon countryside in a mix of sea and freshwater.  The event started at Totnes and swimmers entered in to brackish water of around 13 degrees. As the river opened out it became a little windy and choppy, the final section however was much warmer and calmer.  “swimming into the Devon sky and the masts of Dittisham Harbour made for an enjoyable last kilometre,” Sefryn said.

Sefryn completed the swim in 3hrs and 55 minutes and raised £255 for Thames21. Sefryn said she was inspired by the key role rivers play in our lives: “Rivers are natural and cultural entities that we would be nothing without, I think the work that Thames21 do in bringing the Thames to different communities, and in the process cleaning it up, is great!” Thames21 is very proud and appreciative of Sefryn’s effort to help raise awareness of rivers and the issues they face, and the work that we do to improve them.

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