Hardy group of 10 take on open water swim to Holy Island

The swimmers

The swimmers

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A group of hardy swimmers tackled an open-water swim to Holy Island at the weekend.

The 10 participants swam from The Pinnacles on the mainland to Lindisfarne Castle.

The route was 1,560m – nearly a mile – and the swimmers had to battle choppy tides.

The group followed in the footsteps of Robson Green, who swam the exact same journey as part of his Wild Swimming Adventure television show a few years ago.

The group included representatives from Alnwick Sea Swimmers and Morpeth Dolphins. Among them were Claire Thorburn, Jill Henderson, Jane Hardy and Sylvia Bland, who last month all swam from the Farne Islands to the mainland.

Jack Carrigan, of Alnwick Tri Juniors, also took part, while Maddy Stuart-Cole, from Morpeth Dolphins, completed the swim doing backstroke. The others were Rachel Pencil and Carlos Montiero, as well as Morpeth Dolphins Matthew Eke and Ed Stuart-Cole.

Jane said: “It took a lot of organising, but the swim went really well. We swam at high tide – it was the highest spring tide of the year – so it was very choppy and a lot of getting smacked in the face. It wasn’t for the fainthearted. Along the way there were seals, jellyfish and seaweed and we even got dolphins on the journey back.”

The group has thanked Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips for keeping them safe in the water and also to Seahouses RNLI.

Jane, 49, is also determined to swim to more castles and says that she would like to swim to 50 in 2017.

She said: “I am 50 next year and I would love to swim to 50 castles during my 50th year. I have got a bucket list.”

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