Big South East Swim

Big South East Swim

On the morning of Sunday 16 June, ten Harrovians took part in the Big South East Swim at Dartford Bridge in Kent. 

Nearly 150 swimmers took part in this 2km open-water swimming competition, including some who are nationally-ranked. Despite limited training and experience in this discipline, Harrovians took all three places on the podium. Finishing in first place was George Rates (Newlands) in a time of 25.34. Hot on his heels and coming in four seconds later was Maxwell Brooks (West Acre). In third place was James Rates (Newlands), a Shell (Year 9 pupil).

 

The lakes around Dartford Bridge are some of the cleanest in the UK, and swimming in them outside of organised events is forbidden. With a water temperature of sub-23 degrees, swimmers wear specialist wetsuits to combat the cold. This was a unique experience for the Harrow swimming team.