September 2009 On the 12th September 2009 Rick Walker swam in the Great North Swim to raise money for The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund. The Great North Swim is a one mile open water swim in Lake Windermere, in the Lade District, it is England's largest lake. Over 5000 swimmers took part in water temperatures of 17C. The following words are written by Rick after the event: "The swim was a lot of fun, although infinitely harder than I had imagined! I managed to get around in a rather modest time of 32mins 15secs. I've attached a photograph (see right) of myself looking worse for wear having literally just finished the race."