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Ian Reed

Hellespont Swim

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

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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Aug 22, 2019

Nick Horler

Send me a photo of you in the budgies,please xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2019

Mark D

Go smash it !

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2019

Ben and Jules Cocks

Typically extreme Ian! Come and have a paddle in the Ribble Valley when you are ready to recover.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 21, 2019


I'm assuming this is the only time you'll be copying Lord Byron? Good Luck!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 20, 2019

David Gillibrand

Good luck, Ian - sounds as if you will need it.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2019

Nick White

Are you wearing the life jacket shown on your profile photo whilst doing it? Seriously, well done and good luck.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Aug 18, 2019


Very best of luck Ian ! Great charity choices..... You can do it!! Kim and Jonathan xx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2019

Stuart & Susan Cooper

Good Luck Ian

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2019

Peter Mcmahon

An intercontinental swim is pretty impressive. Make sure you are well protected with antibiotics before swimming in that water!


Aug 16, 2019

Jan and Mackenzie

Best of luck Ian! Don’t forget your arm bands lol.