Newton Mearns swimmer’s open water success

Beatrice Bound on left, Newton Mearns swimmer who completed first Arran to Troon open water swim
Beatrice Bound on left, Newton Mearns swimmer who completed first Arran to Troon open water swim

It was always going to be an epic challenge, no matter which way you looked at it, but for Beatrice Bound it was one worth attempting.

Beatrice, from Newton Mearns, was one of the team members attempting the first ever official open water swim from Arran to Troon.

The two teams set off before sunrise at 5.18am and arrived into Barassie beach after sunset, 15 hours 19 minutes later at 8.37pm.

The team has raised a phenomenal sum of more than £15,000, to be split equally between the RNLI and local charity, the Jo Walters Trust. Coach Chris Sifleet of Swim4Miles, said: “The two teams did an amazing job completing the challenge. Swimmers coming out of the water were often very cold but were back up on deck encouraging their teammates within an hour of their swim. No one flagged or complained. Everyone just got on with the job.”

Beatrice said: “We had such a fantastic day. The encouragement from our support team and swimmers on the boat kept everyone going. My final swim was in darkness approaching Troon harbour. It was such a good feeling to see land and then the lights on the beach getting closer and to hear all the cheers. We are so grateful to everyone who helped us and for all the generous donations.”

The swimmers were met by a large group of family and friends as they crossed the finish line under torch light at Barassie Beach.