Guest bloggers

My favourite guest blogger was my mum Eileen also known as “The Swift Swimmer”.  She was an athlete in her youth, excelling at high jump, hurdles and hockey.  Having 5 children didn’t slow her down and she tried out waterskiing, snow skiing, diving, wind surfing, kayaking, dry stone dyking, squash, tennis, and of course swimming.  Now aged 89 and in poor health, her swimming days are over, but she still loves to gaze out over the Sound of Jura, and watch us swimming in the summer months.

My second guest blogger is my good friend Catriona, a newcomer to duathlons (that is triathlons without the swimming!).  She is a frequent visitor to the West Coast but has yet to take the plunge!!  She has just completed the Scottish Coast to Coast Challenge – 100 miles by bike, canoe and foot and a 46 mile return trip cycle to George Orwell’s former home, “Barnhill” on Jura.

My third guest blogger is another great friend,  Anna from Devon, often featured in Devon Dispatches and a regular visitor to the West Coast.  Anna is a great sea and river swimmer and knows a lot about our favourite post swimming food – sausages!!

My fourth guest blogger is a keen Canadian swimmer, artist, teacher and writer Fraser MacIver also known as The Polar Bear.  

And my newest recruit is Martin from Danna, a newish swimmer to the group and very keen.  He calls himself The Danna Dooker and has recently taken to wearing galoshes (not while swimming, obviously)!


 The Swift Swimmer



  1. You are all so brave, amazing achievments, and well done


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