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Raising £50,059 in a tough economic climate is a massive achievement for a brilliant swim. Beating the 2011 total by such a margin is even more impressive.
The 2012 Padstow to Rock swim shows how popular this event has become; the non-elite category was increased for the first time from 200 to 250 swimmers. And it filled up faster than ever, with many applicants held on a waiting list hoping to get a place. The elite category also filled up so in all 370 swimmers made the crossing.
The weather was kinder than last year, the organisation was even slicker this year and the event was a huge success.
The atmosphere before the swim built steadily with many emotions on display from excitement to trepidation. 

Some participants display no nerves. Or pants!


The elite swimmers take off between moored boats at the start of their crossing. For most participants on the day it's a challenge, not a race.....


The non-elite group watch and wait in anticipation of their swim. They hear over the tannoy that the fastest swimmer completed the course in around 16 minutes. And they also hear that a few missed the finish ramp and were fighting to get back to it!


The non-elite swimmers follow on, some finishing easily in elite-class time while others took it at a more leisurely pace.


Jubilation was the dominant emotion at the finish, with many entrants delighted at their performance. For some it was a huge achievement after months of training.

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