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The First Tyne River Swim

Anthony Greener, Tom Holland, Jonathan Thompson, Matt Fletcher, Colin hill, Matthew Watson, Matthew Watson, Colin hill, Paul Lucas, Aerian Rogers, Rob Whittle, Kevin Smith, Matthew Watson, Chris Heaps, Jonathan Thompson, Tom Holland, Paul Bowman

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Our event is to mimic the Great North Run, arguably the most famous and best half marathon run in the world by SWIMMING it!

On 18th September 2011 at 0800hrs our team of 14 swimmers started our swim close to the iconic Tyne Bridge, over which thousands of runners tread, only a few hours later. We swam to South Shields in 2hrs 30 mins!

We were supported by kayaks and 3 boats.

We  entered the water at the Millenium Bridge and around 10 miles downstream we finished on the beach at South Shields, just inside the South Pier.

We did this in aid of the most excellent RNLI so please continue to donate generously.

Recent donors

10.12.11 Great Effort. Sorry, its so late!

01.12.11 Better late than never. Great effort!

10.11.11 Well done everyone!


17.10.11 Well done y'all. Brilliant effort!

15.10.11 well done Scott

11.10.11 Brilliant effort and worth all the training-very well done everyone.

09.10.11 Well done Tom, for a well deserved cause.

09.10.11 Well done Tom and the team.


07.10.11 thanks madeline your moneys in!

04.10.11 Brilliant result from such an "old man".

03.10.11 Cheers Madeline from Paul

02.10.11 with love and congratulations to Paul William Bowman from Mum, family and Uncle Nicky

02.10.11 Thanks Barry Brown (Sue's mate)

02.10.11 Cheers Susie Dobson

02.10.11 Thank-you Michelle

02.10.11 Thanks Mo from Paul

01.10.11 Thanks Debs from Paul

01.10.11 Thanks Ali B from Paul

01.10.11 Thanks Richard from Paul

01.10.11 Thank-you Seaneen from Paul

01.10.11 Thank-you Waheed from Paul

01.10.11 Did it again Victoria and short changed you! Thanks again Paul

01.10.11 Thank-you Victoria from Paul


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