The Swim to the Edge is part of the Solva Edge Festival weekend when the idyllic harbour village, which lies in the middle of the Pembrokeshire coast national park has a celebration of sport, music and arts. The swim itself is one of the most scenic and challenging open water swims in the UK and with two distances available we have something for everyone :-

The Green Monster

Date – Saturday 4th August 2018

Registration 0800hrs to 1000hrs (Solva Quay)

Pre-Registration at Man-Up Activities Shop, New Street St Davids, SA626SW Friday 4th – 1400hrs to 1900hrs

Start 1030hrs

  • The Green Monster 2.5 miles

Ideal for Ironman Training or a pure open water challenge

  • The Black Run 0.8 miles

A great tester for those new to open water swimming and want to set themselves a real challenge

Accommodation / Festival


If you are travelling to the area for the swim why not stay the weekend and make the most of what the Edge Festival and all Solva has to offer. This includes a full programme on Saturday from 5 a side football, stalls (Food and crafts) plus the nights activities of the Beer Festival and Battle of the Bands. Man Up UK can recommend a range of accommodation options for all your needs.

Full details about the Edge Festival 

 

The Green Monster

This is a proper swim challenge!!

A 2.5 Mile open water swim out of Solva harbour, around the Green Scar Rock and back, Which in our opinion and one that is shared by many of its competitors that this is one of the most challenging open water swimming events in the UK.

The event is ideal preparation for those who are preparing for Ironman Wales and you can be assured that if you can do this you’ll be alright on the big day!

Or similarly if you are an open water purist looking for the next challenge or even an adventure seeker looking for something different well this is it, a fantastic open water experience in a spectacular setting that will give you a real sense of achievement.

The Challenge!

First up you will walk slowly down the slipway and make your way pasted the moored fishing boats to the start line (a deep water start) From here you’ll have your first view of the open water, St Brides Bay and the Green Scar as you look out through the mouth of the estuary but will still have that feeling of protection from the high cliffs on either side of you, As the hooter sounds you will swim towards the ocean as you head out of Solva Harbour first you will pass Black Rock, which lies in the middle of the entrance to the harbour. As you pass this on the left hand side you will have your first taste of what the sea conditions will be like as the swell around the rock can be “interesting”.

Once you pass the Rock and completely leave the comfort of the harbour you will have nigh on a straight mile swim heading out into St Brides Bay until you reach the Green Scar. This section will cause you some difficulties – in 2015 it was the swell, in 2016 it was the Jelly Fish.

Once you get to the Scar you have to circumnavigate your way around it, which is easier than it sounds. The Scar has numerous sea shelves and protruding rocks, all of which adds to the change in the currant flow and swell.

Once you round the Scar you have to head home, where you will obviously face the same issues as the outward journey. This time you can add fatigue and sighting to the issues you will have to overcome! We do our best to assist with the sighting and will always look to keep on improving on this but you will have to work hard. But rest assured our safety crew will be watching you and pointing you in the right direction should you loose your bearings!! The best sighting tip we can give you is head for the houses on the top of the cliffs as that will guide you back into the harbour.

When you eventually get back into the harbour you can relax and enjoy the last 400metres.

Taking you around the Green Scar and achieving a challenge that you will not forget and that you will be proud of is our goal so why not join us!?!

The Green Monster

Timings

The event will be timed and timings will be published within 48hrs of the event finishing , the timings will indicate your overall position, gender position, and age group (Open or Vet 50+)

Categories

We see this event as more of a challenge and not so much a race however we do appreciate the effort competitors put into their training and preparation and the fact that the Veteran category is very well represented therefore the following is the break down of the awards that we will present on the Day.

1st Male and 1st Female – Green Monster

1st Male and 1st Female – Black Run

1st Male and 1st Female – Over 50 – Green Monster

1st Male and 1st Female – Over 50 – Black Run

All Swimmers will also receive a hat and event T-shirt

This event is open to 18 and overs only

Safety  

Safety is our number one concern and is what takes up about 90% of our planning time for this event. Our ratio’s are well above the BTU recommendations both on the water and dry side. Your safety is of paramount importance and again we are always looking at the what if’s and ways of improving. As such the weather and sea conditions will have the final say on the event on race day. Therefore we reserve the right to change the course right up to start time if safety dictates.

In 2014 we had to shorten the event by 0.5 miles with the race going around the adjacent Mares Rock, No one complained about this and it was still a very tough and worthwhile challenge in testing conditions. What ever action we are forced to take we will endeavour to ensure we have a worthwhile swim and challenge for each competitor.

Refunds / Deferrals / Transfers Policy

Due to the small margins we operate against for each event and the growing running costs we no longer offer refunds on events once they are booked. We will however let you defer your entry to the next race or another event and/or will allow you to transfer your entry up until the day before the event – Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause

The Black Run

The Black run is a 0.8 mile Swim from Solva Quay to the mouth of the Harbour, around the Black Rock and back. This may sound simple enough with a modest distance and it is definitely achievable for all with a bit of training but those who have completed this event will vouch that although the majority of the swim is in the comfort of the harbour,  the sea conditions can create an interesting swell as you round Black Rock and therefore it may not be all plain sailing so to speak as the 100m section around the rock can be lumpy with the swell and waves taking you up and down and pulling you towards the mini Island. All you need is a bit of composure and the sense not to get too close to the rocks. However you can also take comfort from the knowledge that our safety crew will be surrounding the rock ensuring you stay on the best and safest course.

This swim is open to 14 year olds and above (with parent/guardian signed consent).

To clarify it is important to reiterate that rounding Black Rock can be a challenge in itself, but our safety crews will be there to make sure you are safe!

The Black Run Swim  

Timings

The event will be timed and timings will be published within 48hrs of the event finishing , the timings will indicate your overall position, gender position, and age group (Open or Vet 50+)

Categories

We see this event as more of a challenge and not so much a race however we do appreciate the effort competitors put into their training and preparation and the fact that the Veteran category is very well represented therefore the following is the break down of the awards that we will present on the Day.

1st Male and 1st Female – Green Monster

1st Male and 1st Female – Black Run

1st Male and 1st Female – Over 50 – Green Monster

1st Male and 1st Female – Over 50 – Black Run

All Swimmers will also receive a hat and event T-shirt

Safety   

Safety is our number one concern and is what takes up about 90% of our planning time for this event. Our ratio’s are well above the BTU recommendations both on the water and dry side. Your safety is of paramount importance and again we are always looking at the what if’s and ways of improving. As such the weather and sea conditions will have the final say on the event on race day. Therefore we reserve the right to change the course right up to start time if safety dictates.

Refunds / Deferrals / Transfers Policy

Due to the small margins we operate against for each event and the growing running costs we no longer offer refunds on events once they are booked. We will however let you defer your entry to the next race or another event and/or will allow you to transfer your entry up until the day before the event – Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Swim to the Edge 4th August 2018

Green Monster 2.5 Mile Swim £32 – BOOK HERE

Black Run Mile Swim £32 – BOOK HERE

Disclaimer / Rules and Regulations

  • Refunds – 75% Refunded up until 1st June 2018 after this date no refund can be made.
  • Transfers / deferrals / Changing between distances can be made up to 1 week before the event anything after this can not be done
  • Event cancellation – We are in the hands of mother nature when it comes to the weather and sea conditions, We monitor the weather extremely closely on the build up to the event and should be in a position to know 24hrs before if the event can be held or not. However this is not always the case and unpredictable conditions or un-forecasted weather can occur. If this is the case we will do our utmost to get all swimmers into the water for a worthwhile swim as we have several options available to re route the course. If none of these are appropriate and the event is cancelled. We can not offer refunds. This is due to the fact that the event money has already been spent and to have insurance to cover this would not be financially viable, meaning we would have to double the entry fee for the just in case! What we would look to do as an act of good will and the fact that we value our customers is either carry the entry on to the next event or offer a voucher for another one of our events.
  • Age restrictions on Green Monster – 18 or over
  • Age restriction on Black Run 14 or over (14-18 with parental consent)
  • Sea Floats are allowed
  • The Green Monster is a Wetsuit only swim, If you wish to swim in skins (none wetsuit) you will have to contact us direct once booked and show us proof of cold water / channel swimming before a dispensation can be made. If we do not grant this you will have to swim in a wetsuit.
  • Black Run is a wetsuit only swim unless you are a member of a cold water swimming clubbing.
  • Unfortunately the above conditions are in place to prevent the growing amount of admin involved in the event, the fact that we operate on minimal margins and insurance, safety crews and consumables are all ordered, booked and purchased well in advance.
  • As always any enquiries or queries on the above please contact us and we will be happy to discuss and help in anyway we can – email mailto:Manupukevents@gmail.com

Date: 12-AUG-2017 Event: Swim to the edge 2.5 miles

No Name Time
1 Garod Thomas 47.04 (1st)
2 Michael Davies 48.54
3 Kevin Pullin 49.41
4 Iwan Jones 50.45
5 Andrew Parker 51.07
6 Daniel Nicol 53.01
7 Tom Gutteridge 53.03
8 Sam Withers 53.12
9 320 53.18
10 Christine Tooke 53.59 (1st Female)
11 Roy Thomas 54.06
12 Andy Thomas 54.38
13 Stuart Colston 55.52
14 Andrew Wells 56.26
15 Paul Evans 57.08
16 colin wallace 57.24
17 Garry Jones 57.28
18 Nick Reeves 57.50
19 Paul Lewis 58.15
20 Dave Partridge 58.29
21 ben phillips 58.40
22 Adrian Morris 58.47
23 Liam Richards 59.16
24 David Nicholas 59.22
25 Teifi Drew 59.27
26 Jack Evans 59.29
27 Cari De Gelas 59.48
28 Patrick Woepse 59.55
29 Kevin Wheeler 59.57
30 Sian Lewis 1.00.04
31 Alyson Fry 1.00.05
32 Neil Evans 1.00.05
33 Jon David 1.00.18
34 Samantha Davies 1.00.22
35 Sian Frith 1.00.48
36 Mike Griffiths 1.01.00
37 Stuart Mcallister 1.01.05
38 Richard Gardiner 1.01.10
39 Anthony Williams 1.01.15
40 Jeff Richards 1.01.24
41 Callum Morris 1.01.25
42 Ian de-Schoolmeester 1.01.26
43 Tom Nettleship 1.01.48
44 Adam John 1.01.52
45 Gavin Jones 1.02.10
46 Richard Dando 1.02.23
47 Gary Butler 1.02.29
48 Ben Thomas 1.02.39
49 Gillian Hopkins 1.02.45
50 Huw Davies 1.02.50
51 Peter Shanley 1.02.54
52 Nick Young 1.02.56
53 Emily Watkins 1.03.00
54 Laura Steele 1.03.04
55 Gavin Jones 1.03.05
56 Owain Strange 1.03.07
57 Derrick Griffiths 1.03.10
58 Andrew Mundy 1.03.15
59 314 1.03.30
60 Chris Manetta 1.03.40
61 Emma De-schoolmeester 1.03.43
62 Gail Osborne 1.03.47
63 Wayne Murphy 1.03.53
64 Sarah Thomas 1.04.13
65 Owain Thomas 1.04.38
66 Robert Parry 1.04.41
67 Iestyn Evans 1.04.44
68 Rob Brodie 1.04.50
69 Geraint Lewis 1.04.58
70 1.04.58
71 Adam Wardle 1.05.05
72 Lee Davies 1.05.08
73 Tom Andersen 1.05.12
74 Carys Griffiths 1.05.14
75 Richard Perkins 1.05.18
76 Rhian Jenkins 1.05.24
77 Johnny Wright 1.05.28
78 Anna Buckland 1.05.31
79 colin venn 1.05.36
80 Anthony Mundy 1.05.38
81 Paul Mason 1.05.44
82 Arfon Edwards 1.05.48
83 Ben Mayberry 1.05.58
84 Barry Owen 1.06.01
85 John Jones 1.06.04
86 Alex Tovey 1.06.08
87 Karen Lance 1.06.12
88 Robert Padden 1.06.14
89 316 1.06.18
90 Matt Short 1.06.21
91 Tony Dally 1.06.27
92 Richard Thomas 1.06.33
93 Rhys Jones-Mathias 1.06.38
94 Mark Thomas 1.06.47
95 David Kent 1.06.50
96 Mike Dando 1.06.54
97 Spencer Davies 1.06.58
98 Sam Chalmers 1.07.08
99 Gareth Davies 1.07.11
100 Ryan Haigh 1.07.17
101 Catherine Roberts 1.07.21
102 Kevin Dugmore 1.07.38
103 Andy Purkiss 1.07.40
104 Steven Perks 1.07.52
105 Nick Jones 1.07.56
106 Craig Hitchings 1.08.05
107 Tim Edwards 1.08.13
108 Mark Binding 1.08.19
109 Richard Smith 1.08.27
110 Neil Lonergan 1.08.30
111 Owen Evans 1.08.46
112 Robyn Dent 1.08.49
113 Ian Marks 1.09.06
114 Dave Perriman 1.09.11
115 Michael Atkinson 1.09.28
116 313 1.09.30
117 Melanie Morgan 1.10.24
118 Stephen Oleary 1.10.28
119 Alex Duckett 1.10.29
120 Charles Prothero 1.10.44
121 Dyfed Thomas 1.11.15
122 John Lloyd 1.11.23
123 Joanne Shah 1.11.36
124 Edward Collins 1.11.39
125 401 1.11.43
126 Andrew Cade 1.11.52
127 Robert Dyde 1.12.02
128 david meyrick 1.12.05
129 Carl Platel 1.12.08
130 Jacky Knowles 1.12.09
131 Karl Sutton 1.12.12
132 Rita Kingdon 1.12.27
133 Huw Griffiths 1.12.28
134 Anthony Hogan 1.12.35
135 Chris Purnell 1.12.40
136 Ryan Larke 1.12.46
137 George Potts 1.12.52
138 Sally Mawhinney 1.12.59
139 Anthony James 1.13.01
140 Chris Adams 1.13.08
141 Richard Griffiths 1.13.12
142 Lee Hitchings 1.13.13
143 Lesley Evans 1.13.32
144 Gareth Kelsall-hughes 1.13.34
145 Ioan Dolling 1.13.42
146 Steve rich 1.13.51
147 Catherine Jones 1.13.58
148 Paul Castle 1.14.00
149 Chris Cray 1.14.08
150 Ian Gough 1.14.15
151 Robert Brown 1.14.31
152 Nathan Kirby 1.14.40
153 James Owen 1.15.18
154 Stephen Lovatt 1.15.24
155 Charmaine Kinson 1.15.28
156 Camilla Youde 1.15.33
157 Dave Smith 1.15.43
158 Lucie Bromfield 1.15.43
159 Jeff Rogers 1.15.52
160 MIKE SHERMAN 1.15.56
161 Ian Pickering 1.16.31
162 Alun Edwards 1.16.34
163 Miriam Brown 1.16.36
164 Gemma Harris 1.16.40
165 Jamie Cattle 1.16.42
166 Owen Thomas 1.16.50
167 Chris Stephens 1.17.00
168 Aled James 1.17.05
169 Pete Hughes 1.17.05
170 Val Greenwood 1.17.07
171 Andrew Davies 1.17.08
172 James Ryder 1.17.09
173 John Hiddlestone 1.17.16
174 Wayne Keen 1.17.32
175 Simeon Jenkins 1.17.48
176

177

James Chess

Stephen Osborne

1.17.55

1.18.35

177 Owain Richards 1.19.05
178 terry davies 1.19.05
179 Matthew Jones 1.19.08
180 Beverly evans 1.19.20
181 Mark Youde 1.19.25
182 Marcus Sainsbury 1.19.26
183 James Morris 1.19.30
184 Ian Davies 1.19.34
185 selina griffiths 1.19.44
186 Christine Parry 1.19.55
187 Ian Bartlett 1.19.58
188 Alan Jones 1.20.05
189 Scott Wakelin 1.20.21
190 Stevie Turgyan 1.20.26
191 Lucy Sullivan 1.20.32
192 Ciaran Burns 1.21.10
193 iona jones-kenny 1.21.19
194 Stephen Godden 1.21.26
195 Gethin Davies 1.21.51
196 Stephen Summers 1.22.00
197 Michael Peters 1.22.10
198 Mike Edwards 1.22.10
199 Warren Codd 1.22.21
200 Craig Fowler 1.22.27
201 liz vaughan 1.22.28
202 Neil Williams 1.22.40
203 Daniel Williams 1.22.51
204 Gareth Davies (Caddy) 1.23.04
205 David Lewis 1.23.23
206 Edrian Monk 1.23.33
207 Helen Platel 1.23.58
208 Louise Warren 1.24,04
209 Martin Green 1.24.23
210 Ewan MacGillivray 1.24.39
211 Simon Morgan 1.24.58
212 Lynn Bain 1.25.04
213 Ian Bain 1.25.06
214 Leon Burns 1.25.07
215 Tim Wroblewski 1.25.10
216 Lee Hopkins 1.25.11
218 Stephen Daly 1.25.40
219 david o’neill 1.25.42
220 Annmarie Morgan 1.26.07
221 Julia Hill 1.26.24
222 Clare Williams 1.26.41
223 Peter Brace 1.26.48
224 Steven Mathews 1.27.11
225 Sarah Gatley 1.27.18
226 Mark Edwards 1.27.42
227 sahrah wilding 1.28.48
228 Kevin Thompson 1.28.56
229 David Miners 1.29.21
230 Martin Edwards 1.29.30
231 Paula Montez 1.29.38
232 Ian Lance 1.30.18
233 Stephen Morse 1.31.30
234 Sara Morgan 1.32.22
235 Wendy Butcher 1.32.36
236 Daniel Sheen 1.32.44
237 Cerianne Jones 1.32.52
238 Nerys Jones 1.32.56
239 Nicola Leonard 1.33.23
240 Mary Charles 1.33.40
241 318 1.33.57
242 Matthew Smith 1.34.20
243 Mark Maddox 1.35.24
244 Catherine Christopher 1.35.37
245 Peter Davies 1.36.06
246 Matt Bauer 1.36.49
247 Khris Thomas 1.37.12
248 Suzanne Holmes 1.37.26
249 michael Gash 1.38.24
250 Helen Jones 1.38.25
251 Huw jones 1.38.34
252 natalie hussey 1.38.34
253

253

tommy taylor

Karl Bowskill

1.38.55

1.38.55

255 Rhys Williams 1.39.48
256 Chrissy Davies 1.41.57
257 Lynsey Harris 1.42.21
258 Chris Hopkins 1.42.26
259 Anouska Beaumont 1.42.37
260 Martyn Rich 1.44.13
261 Nina Goldsworthy-Griffiths 1.45.07
262 Kate Bradshaw 1.45.33
263 john davies 1.46.34
264 Stuart Davies 1.47.21
265 Matthew Jacob 1.51.36
266 Ben Macdonald DNF
267 Kevin Jones DNF
268 Oliver Smith DNF
269 Dan USA DNF
270 Ray Thomas DNF
271 Sandy Gash DNF
272 Rob Richards DNF
273 314 DNF
274 315 DNF

Date: 12-AUG-2017 Event: Swim To The Edge 1m

Pos Name Time
1 Tomos Jones 10.43
2 Ben Elliott 14.49
3 Cameron Phillips 15.09
4 Jacob Massey 16.41
5 David Grey 17.05
6 ELINOR HYDES 17.14 (1st Female)
7 Roger Devonald 18.11
8 Vicki Lewis 18.36
9 Cara Watson 19.04
10 Michael Harris 19.22
11 Gwen Dodd 19.36
12 Laura Nix 19.41
13 Erika Malin 19.44
14 Emma Lynch 21.09
15 Sian Micciche 21.18
16 Simone Eade 21.23
17 Graham Evans 21.30
18 Jane Norris-Hill 21.58
19 Alex Barnes 22.03
20 Rea Pugh Davies 22.13
21 Ruth Silverstone 22.28
22 Cathy Evans 22.59
23 Kieran Hydes 23.10
24 Diane Phillips 23.54
25 Maria Spurling 24.06
26 Bernadette Wilkinson 24.10
27 Lydia Dilks 24.17
28 Emma Jones 24.22
29 Mollie Bourner 24.23
29 Andrew Bourner 24.23
29 Trinity Gardiner 24.23
32 Alison Willis 24.37
33 Madeleine Sherratt 24.41
34 Simon Challenger 24.48
35 Rachael Davies 24.49
36 Molly Brodie 24.50
37 Kirstie Pollard 25.05
38 Colm O’Dochartaigh 25.11
39 Daz Quinn 25.12
39 Zoe Tee 25.12
41 Delcie Jones 25.15
42 Alison O’DOCHARTAIGH 27.16
43 Louise Needs 25.17
44 Thomas Williams 25.38
45 Mollie Jones 26.31
46 Tiffany Clewer 26.37
47 Sarah Hawkins 26.44
48 Laura Wood 29.24
49 Penny Hutton 29.41
50 Jayne Smith 29.49
51 sarah turner 29.51
52 Stephanie Evans 30.01
53 Helen Turner 30.27
54 Andrew Dwyer 31.17
55 tuni masi 31.33
56 Heidi Malin 23.03
57 Paul Blount 34.12
58 Ffion Edwards 34.25
59 Sharon Page 36.14
60 Jake Harrison 47.13
61 Sarah Mullis 1.00.53
62 Claire Williams 1.00.53
63 Helen Cooper 1.14.54
64 Keith Cooper 1.14.54
65 Penny Dafforn 1.14.54
66 Sian Richardson 1.14.54
Anna Tompkin DNF
466 Rachel Tyler DNF

Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
February 4, 2017

I’ve completed a few Man Up events, all have been highly organised and the swim to the edge doesn’t disappoint. It’s a stunning event set in the picturesque village of Solva. You get chance to acclimatise to the crystal clear blue water as you swim through the harbour towards the start line. Your then heading out past black scar rock and onto Green scar for the 2.5 mile out and back. On the return leg is when your glad you payed attention to the race briefing as it covers sighting the harbour for the finish line, however there are plenty of safety craft out with you to point you in the right direction. This is a truly stunning event that will now be a yearly tradition. In fact the wife and daughter are both signed up for 2017. Highly recommended.

May 25, 2017

Awesome event. I used this as preparation for Ironman Wales and being a beginner at the open water swimming game found this to be a great challenge with the comfort of knowing there is help (if needed) close at hand.
We stayed on for the Edge festival. Cracking fun weekend that everybody should try.

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