Red Bull – Neptune Steps 2018

LAST Saturday Red Bull Neptune Steps came to Glasgow challenging contestant from all over the world to compete in the world’s only uphill swimming race! The event was held at the Forth & Clyde canal in which contestants had to swim through 420 metres of cold water and climb 18 metres over eight canal lock gates!


According to Red Bull’s website: ‘Red Bull Neptune Steps is the world’s toughest open-water adventure race.’ 

This year’s race was definitely one of the toughest out of all due to the weather conditions last weekend. It was only a week before when we experienced the worst snow we’ve had in years resulting in red warnings all over Glasgow. Due to the snow, the water temperature on Saturday was as low as three degrees along with heavy rain making it more difficult for the contestants.


This year, Red Bull created an inter Varsity competition between the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh and our very own University of Strathclyde!

The Strathclyde team braved the toughest conditions that Neptune Steps has seen and I am super proud to announce THREE of our Strathclyde students managed to get through to the final of the competition! This includes: Marcus Hills, Jordan Andrew Curtis and Susie Morton! The students’ achievement definitely has to be celebrated as they managed the pull through under such extreme weather conditions!


In the end it is really about the experience for contestants and everyone enjoying themselves throughout the competition! Red Bull is always able to achieve this as they urge everyone to always be enthusiastic and brave when facing certain challenges – making sure it’s a memorable and fun time for all!

Check out other Neptune Steps results here: Red Bull Neptune Steps 2018 Results


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