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The Four Big Yins are now done and dusted
I am really happy to report that after swimming the length of Loch Morar on Tuesday, I have now managed to complete all of the Four Big Yins (with a nod to the original Big Yin, Billy Connolly) in terms of Scottish, and by implication, British freshwater lochs/lakes.
These are: Loch Awe – the longest loch Loch Lomond – the loch with the largest surface area Loch Ness – the loch with the largest volume of water Loch Morar – the deepest loch
My swim stats for these are, in order of completion: Loch Lomond – 28 July 2015 in 13h25 (34.76km swam) Loch Awe – 18-19 July 2017 in 18h08 (38.1km swam) Loch Ness – 5 September 2017 in 12h50 (36km swam) Loch Morar – 29 May 2018 in 7h02 (18.3km swam)
As with all my swims, these were not individual undertakings and involved many friends, family, colleagues, fellow swimmers and athletes doing endurance sports. Special thanks should go to Robin Law, who is my trusted shore watch; my former coach Simon Gray and my current coach Robert Hamilton who ensured that I was up to the swims, the folks at Vigour Events for organising all four swims, and my mom whose prayers carry me through the tough bits. In endurance events all people involved in your activity aids in making it a success, and contributes to making the swimmer/athlete a better version of themselves. No endurance sport undertaking is a solo event. Mine definitely are not.
What is next? Well, the Big Minch this summer, I hope …. weather permitting.