Chan­nel swim vet­er­ans dive in for New Year dip in Loch Shiel

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

More than 30 hardy souls from across the UK, in­clud­ing three cross-Chan­nel swim vet­er­ans, took the plunge at Glen­finnan on New Year's Day for the tra­di­tional dip in the cold waters of Loch Shiel.

The wa­ter tem­per­a­ture was 10 de­grees but that did not de­ter the brave band of swim­mers for the pop­u­lar event, which has been or­gan­ised for the last 14 years by lo­cal open wa­ter swim­mer Morag Hughes who has com­pleted the swim from Eng­land to France.

Also among the group were Lianne Hick­ling and Jean Wilkin-Ox­ley who, as well as con­quer­ing the Chan­nel, have also com­pleted many other swim­ming chal­lenges.

Morag com­mented: ‘It was great to swim with Jean and Liane in the loch. Maybe not quite as de­mand­ing as the Chan­nel but, none­the­less, quite ex­cit­ing.’

Write Im­age. Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The

The three English Chan­nel swim vet­er­ans who tack­led the cold waters of Loch Shiel on New Year’s Day, along with nearly 30 other hardy swim­mers – from left Jean Wilkin-Ox­ley, Morag Hughes and Lianne Hick­ling.

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