Germany's Britta Kamrau won the women’s leg of the inaugural British Gas Great Scottish Swim in style, completing the one-mile course in a time of 18 minutes 56 seconds. She was followed by Olympic 10km champion Larisa Ilchenko (18 minutes 58 seconds) in second place and Great Britain's Keri-anne Payne (19 minutes 1 second) in third.
The event is officially the biggest open-water swim in Scotland and marked the first time Ilchenko, Payne and Britain's Cassie Patten had competed against each other since last year’s Beijing Olympics when they finished first, second and third, respectively.
The men’s leg saw Danil Serebrennikov of Russia take top spot, with Germany's Jan Wolfgarten and Scotland's own David Carry in second and third.
Jennifer Davis (19 minutes 40 seconds) was the highest-placed female Scot.
The were joined in Strathclyde Country Park Loch – the venue for the triathlon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – by around 1,000 other swimmers, ranging from champion triathlete Fraser Cartmell to club swimmers, leisure swimmers looking for a new challenge, and a number of charity fundraisers.
“Events like the Great Scottish Swim are great drivers for participation and inspire people to get active and take part. They also generate impressive media coverage which showcases Scotland’s event infrastructure and sensational scenery as well as putting Scotland on the map as a destination for swimming events and competitions.”
Further information can be found at GreatSwim.org