In The Swim
Congratulations to Heather Clatworthy who has become the first person to swim a 13 mile stretch of sea off the north coast of Ireland since 1929. The 34 year old is just the second person ever to cover the distance between Stroove beach on County Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula and Portstewart in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It took the charity worker 4 hours 15 minutes to complete the challenge, but as Ms Clatworthy says she nearly didn’t make it “Two hours in I just didn’t think I was going to do it. I just felt so ill, I was getting really beaten by the waves. They weren’t that big but it was very choppy.” The first person to complete the swim was a Mercedes Gleitze who was persuaded to take on the challenge to help promote tourism in the area. More than 90 years later, the mother of two from Warwickshire did the same swim to raise money for Portrush RNLI and a fund established by Ms Clatworthy to promote outdoor recreation in Portstewart. Clatworthy? More like Seaworthy.