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  This leisurely day involved departing by bike at 5:30am across the Wirral and through
the Mersey Tunnel to Crosby Beach. There they donned swimsuits to walk across the wet, wind-blown sand, aptly past Anthony Gormley’s Ironmen, a nice relevant little touch, to leap into the Irish Sea.
They were slipping into an eight knot incoming tidal River Mersey to swim 1km in a straight line away from the beach to cover 3 kilometres out past the New Brighton lighthouse to exit the water at Perch Rock. That tells you how mad the water and tides are out there: a scary place to be!
Back into lycra and training shoes they
run the ten mile coastal track back to West Kirby. After refuelling on ham sandwiches, pork pies and copious mugs of hot tea, the Rustmen cycle seventy, grim rain-soaked miles to Beeston Castle and back. This endurance event would include a tea stop at the real ale hostelry the Spitting Feathers near Waverton. They would have struggled to get me out of there, I don’t care how many of them there were.
Surely that’s enough. No. Now back in West Kirby, neoprene clad silhouettes are
“What other event in the world can give you the fantastic experience of Rustman?”
disappearing into the moon scape beyond Hilbre Island en-route to the Dee Channel to swim 2.4 kilometres against an ebbing tide. A really tough swim after all they have done, tired arms ploughing through an isolated wilderness, home to grey seal colonies. Completing a huge loop back of 6 miles in all they get back to West Kirby to catch the shops and buy supper!
One of the participants Sean Boyle enthused:
‘What other event in the world can give you the fantastic experience of Rustman?’
‘Cycling through the iconic Mersey tunnel, swimming across the treacherous estuary, running and cycling through spectacular scenery: beaches, plains, backdropped by mountains. Amazing hospitality in a brewery. Swimming amongst amazing wildlife including about 40 seals. Unbelievable organisation, first class support including a military standard safety boat.’
He concludes:
‘Having the privilege to take part with an amazingly supportive group of people to raise over £10,000 for the RNLI, a cause who selflessly saves lives free of charge. Thanks
a million to all involved in Rustman. Feeling truly lucky ,grateful and honoured to take part.’
Another bunch of people making my charity efforts look casual! If you can help: https://

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