British Olympic swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, assisted by Scottish triathletes Lucy Ross and Will Johnston, conducts a ‘dry run’ of the Great Scottish Swim course at Strathclyde Country Park to officially launch the event.
The Great Scottish Swim is a one-mile, open-water, mass-participation swim to be held on Saturday 29 August. It is part of the Great Swim, a series of similar mass-participation events open to swimmers of all abilities aged 16 and over that are taking place throughout the UK.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “This is the first event of its kind for Scotland and it’s an exciting one because it allows first time competitors to participate alongside high calibre Olympic athletes like Keri-Anne.
“The event itself will be broadcast both within the UK and internationally, raising the profile of swimming in Scotland and Scotland as a destination. The Great Scottish Swim is an outstanding addition to Scotland’s sporting portfolio and we anticipate thousands of people from the UK and beyond signing up to take the plunge in August and test their abilities against a growing and impressive line up.”