THE summer season of sea swimming has begun in the region with two of the first races taking place on May 6 with the Oceanman 10km and the Half Oceanman 5.8km, both around the Island of Tabarca.
Three different distances were on offer for sea swimmers in all age categories.
For safety reasons, there was a maximum number of 200 participants per race and the competition was fully subscribed.
Local swimmers Zoe Connolly and mum Vicki Connolly participated for the third year in this event with Zoe now moving up to the 10km race as she is now 16yrs old.
Never having swum this distance in the sea Zoe was overwhelmed to win in her category to finish the race in a time of 2:41:44.
Vicki stayed in the 5.8km race and also had a good swim, 15 minutes faster than last years’ time and was place 1st in the 50-59yrs category.
Along with many other swimmers on the day both were stung by jelly fish on route.
Both swimmers managed to repeat their winning streaks last weekend in their 5.5km races in the Mediterranean Coastal Challenge Travesia in Altea.