FOR A LONG TIME the brothers only swam outdoors in short, sometimes shriek-inducing bursts. Nights spent camping were always punctuated with these unlit, frantic forays into wild swimming. And the rivers were pretty irresistible too, although floating sprawled-out like Jungle Book’s Baloo was often much more tempting than actually swimming.
It wasn’t until humdrum working life loomed that Big Brother Robbie (as part of a locally funded art project) suddenly decided to try his first endurance swim and slowly nose his way along the 7.3 mile length of Lake Ullswater.
Meanwhile, Middle Brother Calum had thrown himself into a heady string of extreme triathlons. The two of them were training apart, but always in contact and friendly competition. Then the idea surfaced of them both attempting a big waterborne adventure together.
But someone was missing…
While the older two were doing their Survivor-backed Rocky routines, Little Brother Jack was holed-up in his Newcastle cocoon, writing a sci-fi story. Little did he know that a brotherly plot was in motion and Calum was already going through the logistics of a big, homegrown endurance swim, which he called: Swim The Eden.
This would be a world-first attempt to swim for nine-days and ninety-miles down the River Eden, in Cumbria - a river that once flowed past the foot of their childhood home.
Finally, Calum asked if Jack wanted to come along as a support kayaker. And of course Jack took offence to that and decided he would be swimming the whole length of the Eden too.
With that, the Wild Swimming Brothers story began…
Today, the family adventure is still going strong. It has taken the brothers to far-flung Croatian islands, fearsome Norwegian maelstroms and peaceful Scottish lochs, allowing them to raise money and awareness for conservation, whilst also spending time together promoting a life outdoors, doing something they always loved.
Here’s a list of their expeditions so far:
None of this would’ve been possible without the kind support of the wetsuit-clad WSB following. The boys want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s supported them and to everyone they’ve swum with as well. None of this would've been possible without you.
They’d also like to thank their mighty kit and corporate sponsors and the great charities they've worked in partnership with over the years: