In October 2015, Milo Carter, was diagnosed with cancer. Tough enough news for anyone, but even moreso when Milo was only six years old. Tougher still that this is the second time that he's been diagnosed with it, and he lost a kidney from the treatment the last time around. Even still, Milo is a cheery, sweet little boy.
Donnie Maclean is a close friend of Milo's Dad, Kevin. They were at uni together and formed a strong bond when they started a small business part time during their business degree.
Feeling that words were not going to make much difference, Donnie wanted to take some action to help in whatever way he could. He knew that he had always wanted to swim the full length of Loch Lomond, and this was as good an impetus as any. However, when considering how much training he may have to do to achieve this challenge, and what time of year would be good to do it, he added up the miles and rounded it up to one million metres - hence, one million metres for Milo!
The next thing was to approach Milo's parents and ask which charity they would him to raise money for. They were quick to suggest "Love Oliver" www.loveoliver.org.uk which provides practical support to families at the Royal Hospitals for Sick Children in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Through the toughest times, the Carter family benefited hugely from the support from the lovely people at Love Oliver. It's just a small charity, so any financial support that they could get will help other families like the Carters to get through the most testing emotional tribulations that you could imagine.
Starting in November 2015, Donnie Maclean has been swimming in pools, lakes, rivers and lochs around the country in order to make up the 1,000,000 metres, including several long distance swim races in stunning Scottish lochs organised by Vigour events, the Great North Swim (5km and 10km in one day), a 10km down the River Spey.
The longest of his swims has been the full length of Loch Lomond (22 miles) in one day, on a stormy day, which took him 11 hours and 37 minutes. Fewer than 100 people have successfully swum the length of Loch Lomond.
This final swim will be a first in Scotland - 1,000 lengths of a 25 metre pool. This is the final 25,000 metres all in one shot to complete the million metres. It's expected to take around 7-8 hours.
The Allander Leisure Centre has been chosen to because it's close to where Milo will be staying this weekend, at his grandparent's house in Bearsden, because Milo is getting dialysis 4 days a week since having his second kidney taken out earlier this year.
All money being raised will go to LoveOliver, to further their research into child cancers, and to enable them to continue to support
Monday's session was a great success so why not come along and join us.
To help you keep swimming over the winter months we will be starting coaching sessions on a Monday evening from the 24th October at Hamilton College.
The coaching session will be taken by Robert Hamilton and will be a great opportunity to improve your technique and fitness to give you a head start for the 2017 Open Water Season.Robert will bring his experience as a Total Immersion Coach plus his coaching experience which has included coaching swimmers to Olympic Trial level to provide interesting and challenging swim sessions.
If you can swim continuously for 50 metres or more and would like to work on increased efficiency and speed then our One Day Fishlike Freestyle Workshops will set you on the path to achieving these goals. They are held in various locations throughout the UK and are the first choice not only for experienced triathletes and open water swimmers but also for those who are preparing for their first experience of the sport or who want to swim for fitness and fun.
Our workshop on the shop on the 19th November is now Sold Out so we have added an extra date of the 12th November.
Our January workshop will be the 14th January 2017.