1. ITV Report

Cumbria's top cop and Lakes hotelier in epic swimming event

A Lake District hotelier and Cumbria's top cop are this week taking part in a 900 mile swim of the North African coastline. They will be part of a team that will cover the distance in a relay.

Thomas Noblett, the managing director of the Langdale Chase Hotel on Windermere, and Stuart Hyde, Cumbria's Chief Constable, are expected to encounter sharks, jellyfish, rough seas and sewage in their five day international Peace Swim starting in Tunisia.

Mr Noblett, a 49-year-old Savoy-trained hotelier, was invited to represent England in the swim alongside teams from Portugal, Libya and Malta. He recruited good friend Mr Hyde to be part of his team. The epic is being screened live on Tunisian TV.

The purpose of the event is to promote freedom, peace and solidarity in the region following the uprisings last year.

Mr Noblett said:

“I’d expect it to be warmer than Windermere but it’s not the Mediterranean people think it is. There’ll be Great White sharks, jellyfish and sewage along the way but I’m not phased, because it’s for a really good cause.”

– Thomas Noblett

Mr Noblett has been nicknamed “The Gladiator” for his charity fund-raising efforts which have brought in over £40,000 pounds; often for disadvantaged children and led him to establish his own charity. He featured on the series 'The Lakes' with Rory McGrath.

Stuart Hyde, Cumbria’s have-a-go Chief Constable – who fought Mr Noblett in a charity boxing match – commented:

"I am investing my personal time and energy in supporting this very worthy venture. The idea of swimming 1400 kilometers (900 miles) is an unbelievable feat. Just being part of that will be something very special and I am pleased to show my support for such a momentous challenge.”

– Chief Constable Stuart Hyde