Byron Dillon Remembers The First Swim Around Midmar Dam

Byron Dillon Remembers The First Swim Around Midmar Dam

I would swim for 20 minutes and then the escort boat would come by and give me something to drink and eat,” explained Byron Dillon about his 42 km perimeter swim around the Midmar Dam back in 2006. “And then it would go off again and set buoys or help the relays.”

This went on for 11 hours 37 minutes as Dillon completed the first solo swim around the dam in Pietermaritzburg in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

But then towards the end, they missed a few of my feeds, so when I got out, I was hungry. 18 hard-boiled eggs and a few sandwiches later, I was back to normal,” he smiled in recollection.

It was the first time that I swam over 10 km. The long swim really played on my mind. Swimming by myself in the shadows of the lake, I kept thinking large fish or even sharks were going to get me, even though I knew it was a [fresh-water] reservoir.”

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