Saturday 17th August saw the inaugral Whisky River 10K swim run by Robert Hamilton of Vigour Events writes Ruaridh Ormiston.
There was also 5 kms, 3 kms and 1 kms swim races held in Loch Insh on the day too.
7am on Saturday morning saw in excess of 100 swimmers start swimming the River Spey from Speyside Beach Meadows, Kingussie (below the High School) to the Loch Insh Watersports Centre.
The fastest swimmer did the distance in 2 hrs 07 mins (c. 4.3 kms / hr) and the slowest was six hours (c. 1.66 kms / hr)
It was estimated the river temperature was 13 degrees C on the day and the River was about a foot higher from normal summer levels with recent rain - the majority of the swimmers use neoprene wetsuits but one hardy swimmer swam the distance in just his trunks and bare skinned.
The first swimmer was scheduled to start 09:30 am but this was moved forward to 7am because of concerns about windy weather coming in on Saturday afternoon.
It was great to be involved in assisting with such an iconic event and to hear from swimmers that they had combined a weeks holiday with taking part in the swim/
Several of the swimmers were competing in their first ever Wild River Swim Event.
Robert would like to thank Jonnie Freshwater and Ruaridh Ormiston for their support of the event and especially the RSPB whose Insh Marshes Reserve bounds the river on both banks for the majority of the swim.
Link below to book your space for the 2020 Whisky Swim