Go­ing swim­mingly!

The Oban Times - - News -

On Satur­day May 14, 14 swim­mers - eight from the Wild High­landers swimming group based in the In­ver­ness area (Helen Bev­eridge, Hi­lary Richard­son, Han­nah Richard­son, Terry Gal­lagher, Do­minic McA­dam, Lorna Stanger, Cathy Jones and Laura Walker) - took part in the Sound of Mull swim from Fish­nish back to Locha­line on the main­land.

The wa­ter was cold, be­tween 7°C and 9°C, while wind, tides and ship­ping added to the com­plex­i­ties of the chal­lenge.

The swim it­self was suc­cess­ful and all 14 com­pleted the event. The tide be­came a prob­lem to­wards the end of the swim but the swim­mers kept go­ing and suc­cess­fully fin­ished the chal­lenge.

CalMac kindly sup­ported the swim by al­low­ing the swim­mers free pas­sage as foot pas­sen­gers from Locha­line to Fish­nish.

It was a beautiful and sunny day and al­most £ 3,000 was raised for the char­ity Chil­dren with Can­cer. This was the fi­nal swim in a se­ries of six, with five smaller swims to build up to the big one in the Sound of Mull.

Those five train­ing swims were Bal­lachul­ish on Septem­ber 13 last year, North Con­nel to the Falls of Lora on Oc­to­ber 11, Dal­lachul­ish to Loch Crea­gan on Novem­ber 1, Cor­ran Ferry on Jan­uary 31, and Skye Bridge on April 24.

All the swims were or­gan­ised by Jeff For­rester, who had thought that the Sound of Mull was too hard for any­body to swim. So he thought up do­ing six swims for char­ity.

All of these were chan­nel cross­ings and were dan­ger­ous from the cold and tides with the fi­nal three also be­ing busy ship­ping chan­nels. Each swim­mer wore a tow float and was paired up with another swim­mer with a safety RIB and kayaks cir­cling them.

Jeff’s idea had been to bring peo­ple to­gether who loved to swim to achieve a dream.

All of the ad­ver­tis­ing for the six swims was done through Face­book or on a web­site @ www. High­landopen­wa­ter­swims.word­pess.com where any­one can join.

Help is still needed to raise £ 3,000 so please keep do­nat­ing.

Read­ers can also join in with the swimming be­cause there will be more in fu­ture, so fill in a reg­is­tra­tion form to give it a try.

The 14 swim­mers cel­e­brate their achieve­ment in cross­ing the Sound of Mull.

Joey Gough presents the cash to John Hill, right, and Billy Forteith of Oban lifeboat.

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