SwimQuest And The Scilly Swim Challenge
SwimQuest And The Scilly Swim ChallengeCourtesy of John Coningham-Rolls of SwimQuest, UK.
SwimQuest was recognized as the Specialist Holiday Provider of the Year for 2020/2021 in the Central Prestige Awards. Visionary swimcation aquapreneur John Coningham-Rolls said, “This award is a reflection of our dedication to customer service and continued commitment to customer excellence despite the difficulties of the pandemic. The award also recognizes our innovation and unique in the market offerings as we look towards 2021. It is difficult not to feel sad about all the adventures, friendships and catch-ups we’ve missed out on this year [but] we have a feeling next year is going to be a good one.”
Charlie Beere, the Head of Operations at the SwimQuest headquarters, has been working tirelessly taking care of bookings, deposits, refunds and re-bookings throughout the year of unexpected lockdowns and local, regional, national and international travel restrictions. Coningham-Rolls said, “We couldn’t have survived 2020 without her amazing help.”
SwimQuest is now managing the popular Scilly Swim Challenge – that always sells out quickly. The Scilly Swim Challenge Events includes a 15 km inter-island swim across the Scilly Archipelago including 6 swims and 6 walks on 6 different islands over either one or two days.
Coningham-Rolls describes the event that was created by Nick Lishman, Bryony Lishman and Dewi Winkle, “The Isles of Scilly are every open water swimmer’s dream; it is outstandingly beautiful, remote and unspoilt. Just off the coast of Cornwall, this special place boasts ice-white beaches, Caribbean-like blue waters and picture-perfect harbours and bays. Now in its 6th sell-out year, the Scilly Swim Challenge showcases some of the very best swimming the UK has to offer, offering participants the chance to swim and walk between the islands, safe in the knowledge they will be looked after by a team of open water experts. The combination of swimming in the cold sea with the backdrop of the beautiful islands & changing (often challenging) conditions is an incredible experience.
The main focus of the Challenge events is on the swim journey as a group, from one island to another, in varied open water conditions. Emphasis is placed on the challenge aspect (i.e. NOT a race), getting everyone around the course with expert safety cover in place..”
The Isles of Scilly is an archipelago off the southwestern tip of Cornwall. The Scilly Swim Challenge started in 2014 in the Isles of Scilly to offer a one-day island-to-island swim. In 2016, a two-day option was started. In 2017, a spring event was added. There are 10 open water swimming events bringing over 1,000 open water swimmers to the islands.
1-Day Scilly Swim Challenge, scheduled for September 7th 2021
* 2.9 km swim from St. Mary’s to St Agnes
* 4.8 km swim from St. Agnes to Samson
* 1 km swim from Samson to Bryher
* 600m swim from Bryher to Tresco
* 2.3 km swim from Tresco to St. Martin’s
* 2.8 km swim from St. Martin’s to St Mary’s
2-Day Scilly Swim Challenge, scheduled for September 4th-5th 2021
* 2.9 km swim from St. Mary’s to St Agnes on 4 September
* 4.8 km swim from St. Agnes to Samson on 4 September
* 1 km swim from Samson to Bryher on 4 September
* 600m swim from Bryher to Tresco on 5 September
* 2.3 km swim from Tresco to St. Martin’s on 5 September
* 2.8 km swim from St. Martin’s to St Mary’s on 5 September
For more information, visit www.swimquest.uk.com/ssc or email [email protected]
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