Our own Charlie Francis took part in the inaugural Great Scottish Swim held at Strathclyde Country Park. The Great Swim is Britain’s biggest mass participation open water swim series – there are currently four events. A mile long, it is open to swimmers at all levels but Olympic champions were also taking part! Starting at 0900, 200 swimmers were set off in waves every 30 minutes. Most people wear wetsuits (compulsory if the water-temperature falls below 15°) which are available for hire. Charlie completed the course in a very credible 55 minutes. Congratulations and well done.
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Charlie said: “Just a short note to let you know I did the great Scottish swim at Strathclyde Park. When I arrived at the Park for the swim the weather didn’t look too promising. I wandered down to the side of the water and looked at the course – a mile in the water looked further than I realised! I was in the second wave to hit the water so I had time to see the first wave hit the water before I got changed. After seeing them it made me even more nervous……
After I got my free flip-flops, I made my way to the start – funny how long a mile can look? At least when I started the sun was coming out but still very windy which made it very choppy. Very strange feeling when you’re out in the middle of the pond with just a guy in a canoe for company. Then the worse part – got caught by a wave – felt like I drunk half the pond – looked up and saw there was still plenty to drink.
When I arrived at the finish it was a great feeling just to climb out the water and get a real drink. I would certainly recommend trying outdoor swimming. Nice medal, goody bag and t-shirt. To get info for next year go to the great swim website at www.greatswim.org
Best wishes Charlie.
PS Only Photos I got were on the web site. It took 55mins 11sec; a long time since I drank as much as that and was still sober.”