Meet Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson...
Three brothers from the outback of Northern England. These mer-boys grew up swimming together in the Lake District and were often found scrambling down rivers like clumsy commandos or leaping off stacks and piers, flailing into deep water. Then, like all of us, they stumbled into that deathly clinch we call adulthood and the waves of semi-seriousness rolled in.
Soon the brothers realised that they and many of their friends had lost contact with the outdoors. They’d settled into the urban grind, put on a few stone and drifted into worlds where the only wild animals were world-weary pigeons and scavenging foxes. Suddenly stress, apathy and social anxiety seemed commonplace.
What the boys had fallen into was part of a widespread dislocation, disconnecting us all from the fading natural world. Intent on reclaiming what they’d lost, they opted to reunite in Cumbria for one long source-to-sea river swim that would change their lives forever.
To date their big family swims include: world-first crossings of the three most powerful maelstroms (the Corryvreckan, Saltstraumen and Moskstraumen), a 9-day/90-mile River Eden swim from source to mouth, a 5-hour/13C swim the full length of Loch Broom, and a crossing of the Turkish Hellespont, from Europe to Asia.