Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Thursday, 21 March 2013


I have had trouble getting my words of wisdom up as the blog had gone wobbly!

Good news, I'm back. It is still amazing for me to see how many people read my wisdom. 2016 people have visited  the site this year. Thank you for your support.

Tickets for the RED CROSS BEACH BBQ on SUNDAY 5th MAY are now available. Contact me or the HARE at LODDINGTON.

This will be a hoot. Be there if you can.

 Training has gone slowly this week as lot of school stuff on. I broke up for Easter today so plenty of big swims coming up here and in the US. Ideally I want to get outside as the Jersey swim is looming. Poxy snow is forecast again this weekend and the river is too high and fast to jump in yet.

Must dash, holiday to attend to!

For those about to rock, I salute you.

Monday, 11 March 2013


I am very pleased to announce that the RED CROSS fund raising party on SUNDAY 5TH OF MAY will have a BEACH PARTY THEME!


This will take place at the HARE in Loddington from 3pm to 6 pm. I love a good beach!

There will be a fantastic PORK ROAST and a BARBIE and MUSIC. I have held a few Beach Parties. My most famous one was one Boxing Day when I had a NZ Christmas Beach Party. Everyone had to wear shorts. Everyone did and it was -7! We have had snow today so hopefully the weather will clear up by May! Jersey has has had snow and blizzards today so that will help the water temperature!

If you are interested in the party please contact me.

Another good training week last week. I have now passed 250,000 metres for the year, well ahead of the comparable time last year. A new record this year perhaps?

Rock on kids.

Saturday, 2 March 2013


I am delighted to announce that St Andrew's Healthcare will be supporting me on my 2013 swims around Jersey and across the Channel.

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a unique national charity delivering better care, better outcomes and better lives for people with mental ill-health, developmental disability or brain injury. As part of their 175th anniversary celebration and to mark their success, St Andrew’s wants to give something back to other charities. So during 2013, St Andrew’s will be helping its staff and patients at their Northampton site to raise money for the British Red Cross: Northamptonshire President’s Appeal. As part of this wider campaign, they have also agreed to sponsor me in my training and swimming throughout this year.

St Andrew’s Healthcare is the UK’s largest mental healthcare charity, the UK’s only charitable teaching hospital and the country’s largest charitable provider of services to the NHS.  This year, St Andrew’s will be marking its 175th anniversary as pioneers and leaders of an established and experienced not for profit provider.  As part of this celebration and the desire to support other charities helping vulnerable people, staff and patients at St Andrew’s Northampton will be supporting the British Red Cross: Northamptonshire President’s Appeal.  The appeal will help to purchase a specially adapted vehicle costing around £34,000, and will provide emotional and practical support to people in Northamptonshire who suffer damage to their homes following a fire, flood or a similar incident.

Throughout the course of the year, St Andrew’s Northampton staff and patients will undertake a range of fundraising activities, starting with the charity’s directors and staff undertaking a 418 ft Ultimate Abseil on 27 April.  In addition, there will be sporting challenges, bake sales and various other activities that staff and patients want to do to support this worthy cause.

It’s great for me to have the opportunity to come into contact with patients and staff at St Andrew’s Northampton, and have a sponsor who knows the value of being a charity too.

Did you know?
St Andrew’s and the Red Cross have a common aim to support vulnerable people, but another strong connection is Northamptonshire.  St Andrew’s Healthcare was founded in Northampton in 1838, whilst the founder of the British Red Cross Society, Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, had strong links with the county as he married the daughter of Lord Overstone, a former Baron of Northamptonshire.

I have had another good training week. This month I will be focusing on a lot of speed work in the pool before venturing back out into the cold.

Rock on!

Setting off. 7am. Only 13 and a half hours to go!