Recognition For Mainland To Scilly Record Breaking Swimmer

beth french plaqueThe woman who completed the first recorded swim from the mainland to Scilly is being recognised by her hometown in Somerset.

In July, 36-year old Beth French made the 26-mile crossing in 17 hours and 28 minutes.

Now her community of Milverton will mark her record-breaking crossing to the islands by placing a plaque on the wall of the village hall.

And there’s more recognition of her feat at Gwithian in Cornwall. The accommodation in which she stayed before her challenge hopes that newcomers will follow Beth’s lead and stay there.

They’ve marked the swim to Scilly with signage and the room is now known as the ‘shack with a plaque.’

Beth says she wants others to try and beat her time and she hopes they’ll be spurred on by staying there.

Beth returned to the islands in September to take part in the inter-island Scilly Swim Challenge.