Twins still open water swimming at 70

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Nothing can keep Arran twins Ann Hart and Heather Raeside from enjoying open water swimming – even their 70th birthday.

Most days all year round, the sisters can be seen on Brodick slipway heading for dip and, despite their significant birthday today (Friday), they have no plans to stop anytime soon.

Covid-19 may have cancelled this year’s Lamlash Splash event but it hasn’t dampened the twins’ enthusiasm to continue training for the next splash in September 2021.

Ann has organised the event for the past 11 years, with Heather helping with the catering, providing hot spicy soup for participants and volunteers.

The twins, who both live in Brodick, have participated in every splash, always trying to improve on their previous year’s time.

Happy birthday from their families and everyone at the Banner.

Come on in…Ann and Heather dip their feet in the water.


Ann and Heather on the Brodick slipway as they head for a swim with a snowy Goatfell behind them. NO_B47twins01

Come on in…Ann and Heather dip their feet in the water. NO_B47twins02