As entries are invited for next month’s Trident Challenge organised by Falmouth firefighters, some of the proceeds of last year’s event were presented to the local Cancer Research shop.

Watch manager Martyn Addinall and some of his firefighting colleagues called in at the shop in Webber Street to hand over a cheque for £116 to manager Nicky Garvin.

Last year’s event proved extra challenging for competitors who had to contend with wind blowing at up to 30 knots from the south west accompanied by sideways rain. Despite this, more than 60 sea swimmers still turned out to take part in the eighth Trident Challenge.

A total of £350 was raised for the three charities – Cancer Research, Gylly Surf Lifesaving Club and the Firefighters Charity.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 9, and see entrants swim about 1,000 metres around buoys off the beach. It will start at 7pm and application forms are available now from Falmouth Fire Station in Trescobeas Road, or online from

Martyn said: “Once again the interest in sea swimming continues to grow and this is an opportunity for all in the town, and from further afield, to swim in the big free swimming pool Falmouth has to offer.

“We have the support from Gylly Surf Lifesaving on the day but it is worth remembering that sea swimming can be dangerous on an isolated beach, so members of the public should find a beach with lifeguards and always discuss their intentions with them prior to entering the water.”