Blair's Big Swim

Blair Pettigrew, a long-time supporter of the Foundation and multiple True Blue Hero, set himself the ultimate open water swim challenge in March 2013 when he set out to do 4 extremely tough swims in just one day.

Blair’s Big Swim Challenge involved crossing Loch Lomond from Rowardenon to the west shore, taking on the Corryvreckan Strait (the world’s third largest whirlpool), swimming from the Holy Isle to Lamlash on Arran and finally swimming from the island of Cumbrae to Largs.

Blair started before dawn and was not encouraged when he discovered that the west shore of Loch Lomond was fringed with ice! 

However, it was a stunning day with clear skies and calm water and he completed the swim accompanied by Foundation Manager Connal Cochrane.

The Corryvreckan Strait was arguably the biggest challenge on Blair’s list.  Only a handful of people have managed this extremely dangerous swim between Jura and Scarba and Connal and Blair can be very proud to add their names to the very short list of swimmers who have conquered the Strait! 

Blair and Connal were joined by Graeme Cobb for swim three, which was undertaken in support of Daniel Gilmour via the Neoroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance. They had to battle hard to complete this swim in difficult conditions and reached the shore exhausted, knowing there was still one last swim to go.

The channel between Cumbrae and Largs was the very cold venue for swim four, in support of MND Scotland, and Blair and his friend Simon Shanks had to push all the way to ensure they weren’t left swimming in the dark.  They reached Largs just in time to receive a warm welcome from family and friends – and a hot shower!

Blair conceived and planned the challenge himself and raised more than £9,700 for four very special charities, including the Foundation.