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Rod's Great North Swim

By Chris Wood, 12 June 2017 – 0 comment
Rod Anderson GNS

To say I was excited when I found out I had been successful in my application for a post with Carlisle Eden Mind, is a massive understatement.

I saw that there were places available on the Great North Swim available to raise funds for Mind and I decided to give it a go!

So, I enrolled in the swim, set up a Just Giving page and joined the local pool in Carlisle and set off on a fairly intense training program. I remember telling my friend Neil about it and he was somewhat dubious about my readiness for the event, his response was “You’re doing it for 2018, yeah?”. When I told him that it was in four weeks he was unconvinced! So I swam 64 lengths three times a week after work and did some open water swimming at the weekends and as the GNS date loomed nearer, I was getting quite nervous.

Anyway, Saturday was the day and we set off for Ambleside in the pouring rain feeling quite apprehensive. However those thoughts soon turned into excitement as I watched all the other waves of swimmers setting off before mine. My wave set off at 1305 and I waited for the faster swimmers to get a head start before taking to the water. All the other competitors were in very good spirits and the camaraderie was very motivating!

The lake was really quite choppy and a bit unnerving, however I just kept ploughing on to the end with a few kind words from other competitors and the safety boat staff.

Crossing the finishing line was a brilliant experience, especially since my brother is one of the event commentators, he gave Carlisle Eden Mind a brilliant shout out!!

Next swim is Great Scottish Swim in August!

-Rod Anderson, Volunteer Support Worker

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