Island Races - Mersea Mile - Open Water Swim
09 Jul 17
Island Races is held on Mersea Island. The Island is situated on the Blackwater Estuary on the East Coast of England in Essex, approximately 8 miles from the nearest town Colchester and 60 miles from London. Mersea is a beautiful Island surrounded by stunning beaches, coastal paths, cliffs and marshland spoiled with wildlife. East Mersea boasts the Cudmore Grove Country Park that teems with wildlife, in particular migrating birds. It is also famous for its eroding cliffs that have been known to expose both bear and mammoth fossils. West Mersea is the bigger of the two villages and is also the hub of the sailing and fishing communities. There are creeks littered with moored yachts and fishing boats and the surrounding marshland is protected for its populations of birds and occasional seals.
Island Races Open Water Swim is a Mile long. This year we have a new route whereby competitors will start off the beach and swim/race around the back of Cobmarsh Island before finishing at the old hard slipway in the heart of the fishing and sailing community. Prize giving will be held after the last competitor exits the water either on the green or at the Coast Inn next door.
The chosen charity for this event is The RNLI. Please see our website www.islandraces.com for more information.