Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 22, 2022

Not much cycling but a fabulous day

Let me say at the start, I did 3 short rides during this week partly due to weather but also because on the best weather day, I had a meet up with people I haven’t seen in about 55 years.

I drove up to South Shields but DH decided he would cycle up and back home. Not quite a 100 miles for him that I think he regards as his birthday ride.

Way back in about 1963, I was recruited into the newly formed South Shields Volunteer Lifeguards and we patrolled the beaches up there. I was a very competent swimmer at the age of 12. I am not sure if this photograph was taken in 1963 or 64 but we were competing and winning lifeguard competitions.

SSLG about 1963 from left to right, Ethnie, Jean, Joanne,Linda, Penney and me

I was very young then but looked older. Here we are, 5 of us have been traced by Peter Newby and brought us together.

Only Linda was missing from the photo

It was so lovely to reminisce and Joanne had brought along her orange Speedo costume. We were the original Baywatch girls. We competed and won the national championships , I think it was 3 times and even represented GB in Trier in Germany in 1969.

Original Speedo costume
Me at the back carrying the legs

We all agreed that our lifestyle back in the day, the disciple of training and our dedication has paid off big time . One of the girls not in the original team still sea swims 3 times a week as she lives so near the sea.

About 1968 or 9

One of the things I just wish , is that I hadn’t been so hung up about my “big” legs. It haunted me for many decades and my husband has said he is so glad I have such strong legs. I also have a lot of stamina which I put down to the years, sea swimming miles and miles , that has stood me in good stead all these years. I hope you don’t mind me sharing my joy.

So this week I only cycled 50 miles and YTD 1271 miles.


  1. Wonderful! 👌

  2. Thank you for showing us the photo’s and telling the story. How lovely to meet up again.

    • It was very special for us to be together. It was as though the years hadn’t happened

  3. What splendid memories to have.

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