I stumbled upon an article about open water swimming this week and thought I’d share it with you.
The Love My Beach website features an article about Wallasey resident Chris Shaw (I presume that’s him in the photo) who, along with his friends, swim in the Mersey and the Irish Sea throughout the year. While many of the weekly swims are along the coastline of New Brighton, Chris and his fellow swimmers have swam up to Hoylake and on to Hilbre Island, finishing at West Kirby. To mark his 50th birthday Chris swam 22.7 miles from New Brighton to Wales and back. Wales!
So, does anyone from Hoylake participate in local open water swimming? My dad used to tell me that years ago there was a lady who went for a swim of a morning in the sea off Hoylake. But I’ve never seen anyone walk out from the beach and dive in!
I was on a run a couple of years ago when I saw two chaps in the sea at Meols. They were “proper” swimmers to my eyes and for all I know could’ve been on their way to Hilbre!
If you are one these swimmers, please feel free to leave a comment and say what it’s like.
And if you’re interested in trying out sea swimming you can join the group at their Saturday morning training get together at New Brighton Lake. New swimmers will have to sign a Council disclaimer to swim in the lake apparently. The water might be cold!
For more information about northwest beaches don’t forget to visit the Love My Beach website.