Supermum Judith Frame, a volunteer tractor driver with the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn, has created a new swimming record and raised more than £1600 for the RNLI charity in the process.
Judith (41), a mother of three, lives in the village and works in the Ship Tavern. The swimming record was created as part of the Lifeboat's annual Open Day celebrations, which this year raised over £5000 of which Judith raised £1622, with still more sponsorship being handed in daily. Judith decided to try to swim from Inchkeith Island to the shore as part of the Open Day events, and by doing so she created the first officially timed swim From Inchkeith Island to Kinghorn and took 1hr 46 mins to complete the swim.
Judith said of the venture, "When we were deciding on what sort of events to hold this year, I stupidly had a brainstorm and thought I could swim from Inchkeith to Kinghorn and hopefully raise some sponsorship money. I then began to realise the enormity of the task and amount of training I would have to do to carry it out, as I hadn't done anything like that before."
"I had to undertake months of training, both swimming and exercise to get myself in condition to give the swim a good attempt, I didn't want to let anyone down once I had decided to do it, but there were times when I was swimming in the freezing cold water that I thought to myself, ' what am I doing here?'. I couldn't have done it without the assistance given to me both monetary and other help by the Ship Tavern where I work. In between caring for the kids, working at the pub and running down to launch the lifeboat when needed, I did manage to get my training regime set up and carry it through."
"I was over the moon when I completed the swim and arrived on the beach to a warm welcome from everyone. I would like to thank everyone who supported me on this swim and for being so generous with their donations, my coach Allison and fund raiser Dave for all they have done."
As well as watching the swim, visitors to the lifeboat station saw the lifeboat in action with a Helicopter, and enjoyed all the stalls and events that were held on a glorious day. Look out for next years Open Day!
Attached jpegs show Judith arriving on Kinghorn Beach and being supported by family and friends after the swim. Pictures courtesy of Dave MacGregor.