Gary Readman and Steve Maclure have successfully managed to complete a swim from Hartland to Lundy Island.

Two men have recreated an epic 1952 charity open water swim by swimming from Hartland to Lundy.

Gary Readman and Steve Maclure repeated the 1952 achievement of Egyptian army Captain Hassan Abdel Rahim and Cyril Webber from Barnstaple.

They set off from Hartland early on Friday morning, accompanied by Tim Hudson from Instow and his boat Marie J, an Appledore-built boat similar to the one used in the first swim.

The duo completed their swim in eight hours and 20 minutes, in 'very choppy and difficult sea conditions'.

Gary Readman and Steve Maclure completed their Hartland to Lundy swim. Pictures: Bob CrowGary Readman and Steve Maclure completed their Hartland to Lundy swim. Pictures: Bob Crow

In doing so, they have also raised more than £6,000 for Bude Rugby Club Minis/Juniors and Corey Alway and Ben Bennett, two seriously ill children in Bude.

Speaking after the swim, Steve said: "Gary and I are elated, ecstatic, exhausted and emotional after yesterday's swim from Hartland Point to Lundy Island.

"It simply has not even sunk in yet, that we actually made it and in doing so, realised a dream that we had first casually talked about three years ago."

He added they were both 'humbled and overwhelmed' by the messages of support and congratulations from friends and strangers.

Gary Readman and Steve Maclure with Tim Hudson (right) and his boat the Marie J that will accompany them on their Lundy swim attempt, joined by John Webber, whose father Cyril made the attempt in 1952. Picture: Tony GussinGary Readman and Steve Maclure with Tim Hudson (right) and his boat the Marie J that will accompany them on their Lundy swim attempt, joined by John Webber, whose father Cyril made the attempt in 1952. Picture: Tony Gussin

A happy set of circumstances also led to Gary and Steve meeting up with Cyril's son John on the eve of their endurance bid to hear more about the first ever attempt on June 30, 1952.

The pair decided to attempt it after reading a story on the North Devon Gazette website about the 1952 swim and putting an appeal out on Radio Devon for information about Cyril Webber, when they found John.

John added: "My father met Capt Rahim and his trainer Ali Denk when he was stationed in Egypt during World War Two and organised swimming and water polo games against the Egyptian teams.

"They came to North Devon with the intention of my father swimming alongside Rahim and stayed with us here in Barnstaple.

Gary Readman and Steve Maclure completed their Hartland to Lundy swim. Pictures: Bob CrowGary Readman and Steve Maclure completed their Hartland to Lundy swim. Pictures: Bob Crow

"I was only three years old at the time but mum once told me a story of how Rahim chased a chicken he intended on having for his tea around a field - with a machete in his hand and me sitting on his shoulders!"

To sponsor Gary and Steve, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lundyswim