Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Thursday, 26 September 2013


Now that I am almost over my Channel swims, I am starting to look forward to 2014.

This week I booked a round Jersey swim for the last week in July. The weather prevented me starting this 44 mile swim this year, so like the Jersey/France swim, I am hoping for 3rd time lucky!

My Red Cross page disappears in a few days. Combined with the fund raising party at the Hare in Loddington you have generously contributed over £3000. Great effort, many thanks.

There is still time!

It's a long way to the top if you want to Rock and Roll. But well worth it!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


I am sorry thay my last set of words of wisdom were wiped out by me in error. This is what old age does. I am really worried about turning 40! OK, 50 then.

You will be pleased to know that I am back in the river. After a 2 week break I could not believe how cold the water was. It was like swimming in the North Sea in May. I have also had 2 pool swims. Yuk! After a wonderful summer of outdoor swimming, the smelly pool came as a bit of a shock. But hey, needs must.

I am looking at the 44 mile round Jersey swim for next year and I am also looking at Loch Ness. Monstersinc.

The Red Cross appeal has gone really well. Many thanks to all. The giving page closes shortly so get in while you can!

As the song says, God gave rock and roll to us.

Monday, 2 September 2013


Well here I am a few days after my swim across the Channel.

I am still pretty worn out after battling the conditions for 14 hours. My mouth and throat are still pretty raw after taking in so much sea water during the swim. For the whole 14 hours the waves hit my right side and as I am a right side breather, I ate half the Channel.

My neck has pretty bad chafings as I did not put enough grease on before I jumped in. Sal, my top gun crew chief was telling me that I didn't have enough on. She was dead right and I am paying for it now!

Other than that, I am in top shape! Arms and shoulders are fine so that is a blessing.

I am planning my next challenge. The 44 miles around Jersey looks like my next swim.

Once again, many thanks for your support for the British Red Cross.

There are more photos on the way!

Rock on kids.

Early morning in the Channel

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