We take on swim-challenges to raise funds for Gillian's Saltire Appeal : making a real and personal difference to the lives of cancer sufferers and those around them. The appeal raises funds to provide and maintain respite accommodation for cancer sufferers, their families and carers in Ayrshire and other parts of Scotland. So please help this amazing cause and give generously: whether or not the weather wins on the day.
After a tough few challenges in 2016 we've continued cold and wet in 2017. We raise money by swimming with like-minded characters across odd places - from canals, to London Docklands, to the Scottish sea and lochs.
First in 2017 was the Red Bull Neptune Steps event in March 2017. This is like no other swim event you can think of. An endurance event as an obstacle swim-course through cold water, climbing over eight canal lock gates and pushing participants to the limit of speed, strength and resolve. Why? Not to win, perhaps, but really just to survive and to take part.
In early July was the more sedate, but greater distance, of the challenging Great London Swim in Docklands.
We'll next take part in the "Gillian's Saltire Appeal swim" from the Isle of Cumbrae to Largs. We call ourselves "The Ayrshire Crocs" after the famous and original Crocodile Rock sitting in the bay at Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.
Later in the summer we may do more daft stuff. In 2016 we swam River2River which was in the sea from the River Doon to the River Ayr, along the Ayr sea front. In 2017 we're planning Caste2Castle which will be either Culzean to Dunure or Dunure to Greenan, depending on weather and conditions but so far the summer has conditions have not been good enough. The challenge of swimming "openwater" is pretty serious: we're not just at the shoreline, in a lake or a pool but this is man-against-nature, wrestling weather, sometimes large waves and sometimes larger jellyfish. At Windermere the challenge is simple : "cold cold cold......... and cold".
Please give what you can, not for our effort, which only highlights the need, but for Gillian's Saltire Appeal. Thank you!
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