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A total of 40 swimmers will take to the sea today (Saturday) for the annual Lamlash Splash.
Training sessions have been disrupted this year due to the number of jellyfish in both Brodick and Lamlash bays in recent weeks. Most of them now seem to have gone so hopefully the sea will be jelly free for the event.
The 1.3 mile swim will start from the Holy Isle at about 11.30am with the ‘elite’ swimmers back at Lamlash Pier approximately 30 minutes later. Hopefully sea conditions will be much better than last year when everyone struggled to put in a good time.
The Splash is limited to 40 places for safety reasons and all the places for this really popular event were taken up within five days. As there was no Loch Lomond swim this year, many of the swimmers who would normally have entered that event have chosen to swim in the Splash. We also have a number of swimmers who have returned after a break including Dean Dunbar, a partially sighted swimmer who will have his wife Rhona as his swim ‘buddy’ this year.
There are 11 local swimmers taking part this year – Wayne Dale, Ann Hart, Lorraine Hewie, Paul Hewie, Georgina Maclean, Jaqui McFarlane, Mike Mellor, Eric Milton, Heather Raeside, Glen Sloss and Jo Totty.
Andy McNamara is lead safety officer in charge of the kayakers from Arran Kayak Club and the RIBs manned by volunteers from Arran Yacht Club. The RNLI and Coastguard will also be in attendance as long as they are not called out for an emergency.
After all the swimmers have returned to Lamlash Pier, the Ali Bodie Plate will be presented by the Heather Queen Imogen Allison, to the swimmer who has shown the most courage and determination in completing the Splash.
Organiser Ann Hart said: ‘It would be great if there was to be a large crowd at the pier to see the swimmers coming in – their support is always appreciated.’
Six of the local swimmers Mike, Ann, Georgina, Jacqui, Jo and Heather completed a 2k training swim from Lamlash Pier to the outdoor centre in great conditions last weekend and are hoping for the same today. NO_B38splash01