Ladies make his­tory with Mull to Oban swim

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

For the first time in recorded his­tory, a swim from Mull to Oban has been com­pleted. Gemma Ste­wart, 34, and Gill Spink, 41, swam the 15-kilo­me­tre dis­tance in just un­der seven hours. The pair took the plunge on be­half of the Roses Char­i­ta­ble Trust, which each year takes groups of young peo­ple from dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas on holiday. So far they have raised £1,500. Gemma said: ‘ The swim was ex­cel­lent. We have been train­ing for it for about six months. We started off re­ally early in the morn­ing and it was calm and beau­ti­ful.’ Gemma and Gill, who both suf­fered from jel­ly­fish stings, started swim­ming at 7am hop­ing to ar­rive at the war me­mo­rial in Oban by noon. How­ever, af­ter they got stuck in a cur­rent near Ker­rera and ended up swim­ming for 90 min­utes with­out mov­ing, they didn’t ar­rive into Oban un­til 1.50pm. To do­nate, visit https://caf­do­nate.ca­fon­line.org/4920#/do­na­tion­de­tails.

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