A NORTHALLERTON teenager fought off competition from 150 swimmers to take ninth place at the British Gas Great North Swim.
Elliot Dandy, 14, raised more than £600 for Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking part in the half-mile challenge, which takes place annually at Lake Windermere in Cumbria.
Due to adverse weather conditions, the main event was reduced from three days to one, but 5,000 swimmers still braved the rough waters of England’s largest lake for the half-mile, one-mile and two-mile distances.
Elliot, who currently trains at Richmond Dales Swimming Club for 10 hours a week and was entered into his first open water swim as a Christmas present from his parents, finished his race in just 10 minutes 18 seconds.
The Allertonshire School pupil chose to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research because it is a cause that his family has always supported. His grandfather, Alan Dandy, manages the Yorkshire Cancer Research shop on Romanby Road, which raises around £20,000 a year for the charity’s world-class research, treatment and diagnosis projects. Both his grandmothers also volunteer at the shop, and a close relative was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Elliot said: “I really enjoyed participating in the Great North Swim and I was really relieved that the race wasn’t cancelled because of the weather. I would like thank everybody who sponsored me for such a worthy cause and I’m looking forward to taking part in more open water swims.”