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Swimming the Humber Estuary

Humber Estuary Swim Group

I recently agreed to swim the Humber in aid of the Humber Rescue and that day had finally arrived!

The alarm went off at 7am and I dragged myself out of bed after what I can only describe as a heavy evening celebrating my wifes 40th birthday! Having made such excellent pre-event preparations I spent the next half hour looking for some minor things such as my wetsuit and towels etc…

Having all my stuff together I set off on the pushbike from Brigg at what I can only describe as a plod, in fact I think it was a wobbly plod! Thankfully the weather was excellent and by the time I reached the A15 I started to feel human again and was now looking forward to the swim.

I then headed over the bridge to the South shore and this gave me an excellent view of what I was going to be swimming…. Hmmm!

Everybody arrived nice and early to get ready and listen to the safety briefing.

Then it was into the boats and off to the North shore to be dropped off into the Humber….. and dropped off we was. For safety we had two Humber Rescue boats and also the support of a small boat at the rear. This meant it was important for the group to stay together to ensure the boats could cover us all.

Humber Rescue Boats


One of the first things that you realise is just how strong the tide is, having been dropped off 100yards on one side of the Humber Bridge we were already through to the other side. A large blast from Andy Veitch’s air horn let me know where they were on the bridge and head down and swim…. and swim…and swim.

A small video from the day!

I had a couple of moments where my timing caught a wave and ended up with a mouthful of the murky Humber and had to stop to get rid of the silt residue….Brrrr Yak!!! Oh I did not wear flippers by the way :)

Everyone was swimming well and we were now all coming back down the river to the exit point and swim as hard as we did the current still pulled us a further 100 yards down the bank….. Success we all had swam across the Humber!

I managed to raise approximately £350-400 for Humber Rescue.

It was nice to take the Bridge back across towards home :)

Many thanks to Emma Barraclough who organised the event.

Article from the Scunthorpe Telegraph

Photos from The Hull Daily Mail



Humber Estuary Charity Swim 2011


On Sunday 21st August 2011 I have agreed to swim across the Humber in aid of the Humber Rescue service.

Last night I went over to Hull for a trial swim and a briefing on the challenges and dangers the Humber has to offer. In all twelve of us will be swimming across accompanied by the two rescue boats from the south shore to to the north shore. The aim is to swim as the tide is turning which will mean swimming upstream and then in the middle when the tide turns downstream. It is approximately 1.4 miles in a straight line, however we will swim more of a “V” shape.

So after the briefing it was off on the Rescue Boats for the trial swim, I felt like a Navy Seal (Well almost!!). The pilot of our boat stopped the boat directly under the bridge and after only a handful of seconds we had already drifted a good sixteen metres. Crikey!!!

When the other boat arrived the call was made for us to jump in… So without any hesitation I jumped off the side and down feet first. “Bloody Hell” I could not see a thing, not a thing!!!! I also became quickly aware of how much salt and silt was mixed in the water, my white Shaw top soon becoming a light brown!

The one thing you notice straight away is the strength of the tide, no matter how hard we swam you just watched the Humber Bridge getting further and further away.

Its also a strange feeling when your head is in the water because it is pitch black! The waves in the centre are also a lot bigger than what they look like from the shore or the bridge!

If you would like to donate to the Humber Rescue then cheques can be made out to the “Humber Rescue”. I am still waiting for a “JustGiving” site to be set up and then I will post the link.

All photos by Steve Cox, more available here

Anyway just wanted to share with you.

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