Firth of Forth Swim

Firth of Forth Swim

On 11th September Steve swam across the Firth of Forth with some friends from British Gas. This was a charity event by British Gas for employees and friends fundraising for CCLASP, a charity who provide help and support for children and their families affected by cancer and leukaemia.

Details of the swim:

 Date:          Tuesday 11th Sept start about 10.30am (depending on tides/tankers)

Distance:             Roughly 1.4km but closer 2km with currents. 

Route:                  North to South as green line but probably not as straight! 

Time:                     You have up to 90 minutes to complete the route. 

Stroke:                 Your choice but freestyle suits the conditions best. Waves coming from your right! 

Temperature:    Not as cold as reservoirs and certainly not “cold”.   

Taste:                    Surprisingly OK.  Mixture of fresh and salt water means less salty. 

Jellyfish:               Didn't see any last year.    

Safety:                  There will be support boats should you get into difficulty. 

Sharks:            There shouldn't be anything in the water capable of eating you.  At least not in one go!

How Steve did:

He swam about 1.3miles in 31 mins!

10 swimmers came 1st only 2 minutes ahead of him, well done Steve!

Steve’s thoughts on the swim....

It was challenging and the demanding current and tides were difficult to navigate through. The water was whipped up by a cold westerly wind pushing us towards the Forth Rail Bridge. At one point when I was adjacent to the Rail Bridge Central Pier, I was convinced I was swimming stationery, making no headway, the pier did not disappear out of view for an age.  The negative thoughts came flooding in “why am I here” “never again” “I must be mad” Yep!

But when it was over the sense of achievement was fantastic and the camaraderie with the other swimmers all achieving their goal, I will never forget. I went to support the charity, but also to support Isaac who at 12yrs old swam Forth, that’s amazing, and as a way of thanks to Helen and Matthew for all their support and encouragement in the last year.  But I came away with a lot more memories and many more friends.

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