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Whitby Duo help FRANK Water at the Windermere One Way Swim

Whitby team member - SammiiHi! Let me introduce myself. I’m Sammii and I make up one third of the Marketing Team here at Whitby & Co.

Back on Sunday 3rd September, Nick (the Chairman) and I volunteered our time to help FRANK Water serve up refreshments to the swimmers and kayakers taking part in the Windermere One Way Swim at the only on-land food station.

Here’s a little bit about the Windermere One Way Swim - #WOW:

Starting at Fell Foot National Trust, 130 heroic swimmers endured 11 miles of one of the Lake Districts’ infamous lakes – Lake Windermere, finishing at Brathay Hall. Each swimmer had a kayaker with them to provide 1:1 support, protection and guidance throughout the swim.
FRANK Water was the official charity of the Windermere One Way Swim for the 3rd year running.

Swimmers and kayakers stopping by the food stationWith the first lot of swimmers setting off before 7am, Nick and I had to be at the food station, situated at Storrs Hall, for 8am to start food preparation. I don’t think I’ve ever buttered so many slices of bread in my life!! Although the weather was overcast, the water was very calm – ideal for the swimmers.

The first swimmer shot passed us at around 8:45am, not stopping for a refreshments or a break. However, not long after, we were put to work serving hot beverages, sandwiches, bananas, fruit loaf and sweets to anyone you wanted/needed a pick me up.

There was a medic on hand whilst the swimmers and kayakers were stopping to make sure everyone was fit enough to continue and assisting those who were struggling with the cold. The majority of swimmers, however, got back in the water after their refreshment break and continued the enduring swim on to Brathay Manor.

At around 11:30am, all the swimmers had checked in and had refreshments, so we made our way up to Brathay Hall. Unfortunately, by this time the weather had started to change. The rain started to fall and the wind picked up, making Lake Windermere very choppy – not ideal for the swimmers or kayakers. The weather did not deter us or those supporting the swimmers as we cheered them across the finish line – the first one of which completed the swim in an incredible 4 hours 22 minutes and 45 seconds.

The finish lineWe had a great day chatting to and helping those involved in the Windermere One Way Swim and also supporting FRANK Water.

Fancy giving it a go yourself in 2018? Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and the WOW website for details.

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