Take the plunge for sponsored loch swim

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Organisers of a sponsored swim across Loch Awe are looking for more people to take the plunge.

The challenge is to swim 580 yards from Port Sonachan Hotel to the Taychreggan Hotel – and back for those who want to do more.

The date is set for Saturday August 31, starting at 2pm, from the Taychreggan Hotel side, as a fundraising event for the Kilchrenan, Inverinan and Dalavich (KIDs) Coastal Rowing Club.

Organiser June Raven says it is a fun event giving swimmers  the opportunity to get sponsorship for their favourite charity. It is not a race.

The Taychreggan Hotel will be welcoming swimmers and spectators, much to the rowing club’s appreciation.

The event was last held in 2004 and proved to be a colourful spectacle with swimmers, rescue craft and kayaks out on the water. The boat people will be ever watchful of the swimmers, said Mrs Raven.

Most people who will want to take part are regular open water swimmers. They will need to sign an indemnity form and there is a £20 registration fee  that will go towards KIDs. The fee includes a burger from the barbecue, once everyone is safely ashore.

Any competent kayakers and swimmers who are interested in taking part are welcome and can find out more details from the president of KIDs rowing club Gordon Leveratt on 01866 833425.