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A total of 120 swimmers completed the 66th Pier to Pier Race yesterday (Saturday) in somewhat lively seas.

The swimmers entered the sea just as the wind started to pick up, which made the swim even harder.

All but 3 swimmers – who were attended to by the safety boats and brought ashore – completed the course, which was started by Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely.

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The first male to cross the line was Peter Dixon from Tower Hamlets in at time of 31 minutes. The first female swimmer to complete the Sandown to Shanklin swim was Alison Longman from Winchester Penguins in a time of 35 minutes and 29 seconds.

The fastest Island male was Gwyn Jones in 37 minutes and 14 seconds, with Lindsey Shenton the first Island female home.

Trophies were presented by Bob Seely, who says he now wants to enter the 2019 Pier to Pier on 3rd August 2019. It follows his successful swim across the Solent last week.

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