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Swimming For Bude Sea Pool

Stalwart swimmers complete the Great North Swim.

Last month, Rob and Victoria successfully completed the 2013 Great North Swim, the largest open water swimming event in the UK.  Robert tackled two miles of Lake Windermere and Victoria swum a mile, both of them in chilly and challenging conditions. In the process they raised over £500 for an excellent cause – the historic tidal swimming pool at Bude in North Cornwall.

Rob and Victoria explain; ‘We decided to do the swim to raise money for FoBSP as Bude’s Sea Pool is a unique training venue for outdoor swimming in the UK.  It is fully lifeguarded in summer  and open all year round, giving great training opportunities for acclimatising to cold water temperatures and swimming in a stunning setting. When we trained there at the start of May the water temperature was only nine degrees!’

All that brave training certainly paid off with the pair reaching the finishing line with very respectable times. Among the 5000 other swimmers, Victoria completed her mile in 37 minutes. She was ranked 221st for her age group. Rob meanwhile swam TWO miles in 53 minutes and came an AMAZING 7th for his age group. What a star!

The couple were determined to do their best for the Sea Pool.‘We heard that the Council stopped funding the Pool two years ago and that the sea wall is in desperate need of repair. So we wanted to help to ensure that everyone can continue to use the Pool, whether for training or leisure. It is one of only three natural sea pools left in the UK and we would like to ensure it remains open for everyone to enjoy.’

Please reward their all-star achievement by supporting Bude Sea Pool: follow the link to make a donation or buy raffle tickets.

And THANKS again to Victoria and Rob for all their efforts!