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Ian Reed

Hellespont Swim

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My story

[p]Last Christmas my loving family entered and paid for me to race across the Bosphorus, this was accompanied by the observation that I was getting fat. Thank you all very much![/p][p]The Hellespont Race is an open water swim of 5.7km in very tidal waters from Europe to Asia across one of the world busiest shipping lanes. [/p][p]Known as the world's oldest swim, due to the fact that in ancient Greek times Leander swam across the strait to meet his lover Hero, he drowned trying to get back. It was officially swum for the first time in 1810 by Lord Byron and ever since has been regarded as the epitome of open water swimming. [/p][p]I have never attempted an open water swim.[/p][p]I now have a pink swimming cap, as shown, and a pair of impossibly tight competition swimming jammers, not shown. I am a regular at Drumsheugh Baths, I can do the distance and I can do the time but not yet both requirements together.[/p][p]As I can't come up with any plausible way of getting out of this event I have decided to do some good and raise money for charity.[/p][p]My charities of choice are[/p][p]Firefly International - a small charity based in the UK creating safe spaces and opportunities for children affected by war in Bosnia, Turkey, Syria and Gaza. [url=http://www.fireflyinternational.org/]www.fireflyinternational.org[/url][/p][p]Medecins Sans Frontieres or in English Doctors without borders who help all people in the worlds worst conflict zones. www.msf.org.uk [/p]

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Sep 17, 2019

Katie Yorke

Well done to the pair of you !

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2019

Robert Wilson

Hear all went swimmingly. Well done. Robert

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2019

murray and Rosy

well done Ian and Archie

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 4, 2019

Mr T

Well done...!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Sep 3, 2019

Chris and Michaela

Top effort Ian; fantastic achievement old boy!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 31, 2019


Well swum Ian and Archie, never doubted you. All the best 🐓

£70.00 plus £17.50 Gift Aid

Aug 30, 2019

Nick jules santa and Kasper

Good luck

£300.00 plus £75.00 Gift Aid

Aug 29, 2019


Gosh your family must really love you. In the nick of time may we say good luck or as you dive from the bank tomorrow iyi sanslar!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 29, 2019

Steve at Fairhurst

The "world's oldest swim", I didn't know you were that old!! Best of luck


Aug 29, 2019

Emma Young

From everyone at Able2...Good Luck Ian !