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. They were often found scrambling down rivers like Cumbrian commandos and leaping off stacks and piers, flailing into deep water. Then, like all of us, they found themselves stumbling into that deathly clinch we call… adulthood.
After a few years of semi-seriousness, the brothers noticed that they and most of their friends had lost contact with the outdoors. They’d settled into the urban grind. Put on a few stone. And the only wild animals they saw now were the same world-weary pigeons. Stress, apathy and social anxiety seemed commonplace. While a widespread dislocation was also underway, disconnecting everyone from their roots in nature.
Intent on reclaiming what they’d lost, the brothers 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.