Calum Surfaces In The Guardian

 

I WAS VERY HAPPY to be included in an article called In Praise of Winter Swimming that appeared in The Guardian a little while back. It was a great opportunity to talk about my own motivation for getting into wild swimming and why I think it should be something more people take part in, as a means of escaping the modern world and getting back in touch with nature.

Following is an extract from the personal story I added:

I grew up on the river Eden: our garden ran down to the water and we used to just go and jump in. When my parents sold our family home, I wanted an excuse to get back to Cumbria so my two brothers and I decided to swim the length of the Eden – all 90 miles of it. We started at the source, which is little more than a bog in the hills near the North Yorkshire border; it was just big enough for all three of us to get in and we swam about 10 miles a day over nine days, camping along the way. There were a few hairy moments but it was amazing to see the countryside from the river. Our challenge for 2016 is to swim across the world’s two biggest whirlpools: Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen in Norway.

I grew up on the river Eden: our garden ran down to the water and we used to just go and jump in.

Middle brother Calum (28) holds that irksome middle spot. He graduated from Durham uni’ with a hard-earned degree in Law. Next he ground his way through the London tech start-up scene and became a sales manager at Eventbrite. He also became a veteran of extreme UK triathlons, having finished the UK Iron Man, Celt Man and The Brutal.