Inspiring People

People who take on great personal challenges are an inspiration to us all.  A good lot of the time we go through life almost not noticing the things that are going on around us.  But every now and again something floats along in front of us and we grab it with both hands and think ‘wow! I want to know more about that!’

One great weekend in 2009 we went off to Scotland.  Our friends were both 50 and they were holding a joint party on the Saturday night.  One of the pair had been in training for a couple of years for a challenging 10 mile swim from Ailsa Craig to Girvan.  Her swim was to take place on the Saturday afternoon and part of the plan for the weekend was to join the party that greeted her on her arrival in Girvan.

Although I had been aware of the swim, the fund raising, the challenge, for the previous two years I didn’t really know anything about it.  I mentioned it to someone who said ‘what is Ailsa Craig?’  I didn’t know so thought I’d look it up on the internet.  During my search up popped a blog my friend had been keeping of her progress during training.  I was fascinated to read her journal, and it is so well written and so amusing in places I thought I would share the link with you all.  Take a look, and especially read the post that confirms that ‘chocolate makes you float’! and if you would like to make a donation visit

As you will read, sadly Ros did not make the swim that weekend but a couple of weeks later when the weather improved.  That meant we could not be there on the day.  But the really great news is she raised over £12,000!

What a way to celebrate your 50th birthday!

Enjoy the journey.


  1. Hi Mandy,

    Sorry you didn’t get to see Ailsa do her swim. She was raising donations for a worthy cause, Alzheimer’s Scotland. I did read parts of her blog, good sense of self humor. Thanks for the link.
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    1. It was Ros who was swimming, Ailsa Craig is the island she was swimming to. Thanks for visiting.

      Enjoy the journey!

  2. I can’t believe I mixed this essential detail of your story! What an embarrassment.
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