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Lewis Tickle and Jon Allars swim 12 miles of River Ouse for charity
TWO friends have swum 12 miles in the River Ouse to raise money for charity.
Lewis Tickle and Jon Allars set off from Linton Locks at about 9am on Sunday and swam the entire distance to the York Canoe Boat House, at Rowntree Park, in just over seven hours.
The pair were also friends with Jason Raper and Kate Stainsby, who each died in separate canoeing accidents last year, and funds raised by this challenge will go towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in their memory.
Lewis said: “In the new year, we were coming up with challenges, and I thought I would like to swim from Linton Locks to the boat house. Then they moved the boat house, so it made it a bit of a longer journey.
“Jason and Kate were amazing friends, and very inspirational. Jason did such an amazing job raising money for Kate and I the thing kayakers hate doing most of all is swimming, so I thought it would be a good challenge.”
The pair had raised at least £1,265 by Sunday, and although Jon only intended to swim part of the way, he ended up completing the challenge with Lewis.
He said: “I’ll be honest, I feel absolutely fine. The back of my neck is sore, but it only hurts when I get out of the water.
“I said I might as well start with him and if I can do it, I might as well see if I can finish it. I got cold but just kept going.”
Lewis said: “It’s gone brilliantly, absolutely brilliantly.
“The pint tastes much better than the river water, but it’s really nice and fresh, and has been quite clean. No real scary moments, to be honest, but we’ve got pretty wrinkly toes now. We can’t thank our friends enough. The support and encouragement has been very humbling to be honest, just for an idea to do something for some friends I didn’t think I would get as much support.”
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