In January this year a few brave individuals ventured to North Queensferry for a swim in the Forth for a Czech film maker who was making a travel documentary for a Czech television channel.
We have now received a copy of the film for everyone to see. The narrative is in Czech so we would like to thank Jarda for translating the swim section for us.
Click here to watch.
‘’ So, this is the famous railway Forth Bridge? Yes, that is. 2 and ½ km long, 53 000 tons of metal. Elegance in iron, and daily it stands duty for 200 trains. It looks fresh, does not it? Yes, it does. Well, the reconstruction took for 10yrs quite recently, finished at 2012, and required 240 000 Litres of red paint.
And who are these people, the strange gathering in water? Where are these people going to swim – south to England? Oh, I doubt it very much. These are the open water swimmers and they like the fresh water. The colder, the better joy.
OMG! Well, why not. Are they not cold? Don’t be daft. They are resistant and very experienced outdoor swimmers. Some cold infection doesn’t catch them easy. Real Scots people.
For how long are they able to withstand the conditions?
Well, every one is different. But they said they want to swim to those buoys and back. Just a humble January training session. For example, Jenny says the water is cold but she experienced worse a conditions. She says, she makes the judgement by her fingers (I suppose you get this one from TV better; my translation from Scottish to Scottish would be not great).
Ok. Well, the best feeling is to be back and dry and cosy anyway. And comfy with the cap of her daughter.
And here we can see crawling Andrea. She had beaten canal La Manche (eg. English Channel) four times.
She is very satisfied, even though her goggles got leaky and wet. You can say she is just full of energy.
And now the last group of open water swimmers is going out of the water. For today, the job is done.
And here we can see the train going back to Waverley station in Edinburgh...”