Econ Engineering has praised the ‘true grit’ of a young Thirsk woman for finishing a record-breaking 900-mile coastal swim.
Twenty two-year-old Jasmine Harrison, who set off on her epic challenge on July 1, has become the first female to swim the full length of Great Britain from Land’s Ends to John O’Groats.
Thanks to sponsorship from a number of local businesses, including Econ Engineering – which earlier this year opened a £7m engineering hub at Sowerby – Jasmine was able to fund a support boat, crew, kayak, safety equipment and provisions for the 110-day odyssey.
During her swim, Jasmine has faced jellyfish, whales, and a shark, as well as swimming through the Gulf of Corryvreckan – a famous and notorious Scottish whirlpool.
Jonathan Lupton, Managing Director of the business which manufacturers more than eight out of ten gritters on Britain’s road, said: “What Jasmine has achieved is simply astonishing and I’m full of admiration for her determination and resilience.
“This young woman really has ‘true grit’, and to complete this 900-mile challenge is just incredible. It must have taken a huge amount of willpower to get in the sea, to swim a huge distance and with all kinds of tumultuous weather conditions.
“I’m very proud of Econ’s association with Jasmine’s record-breaking swim. I look forward to hearing all about it when she visits us in the next few weeks, when we will raise a glass to her success.
“And having set two records, I wonder if there will be a third? If there is, Econ Engineering will be backing her all the way.”