Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Friday, 23 May 2014


Great name for my DIABETES UK Channel Relay team swim on the week beginning 11 July.

We have a team of 5 for this daunting challenge but every swimmer is up for it and with Mike Oram as pilot I expect to get across the Channel in a pretty good time.
We have an international team, 2 swimmers from the Netherlands, 1 from Ireland with only 1 other British based swimmer so it will be hard to get together too much before the actual swim.

I am selling raffle tickets to raise money for DIABETES UK. There are 145 tickets at £10 each. The prize is a case of Champagne. Please let me know if you would like some! Tickets that is, I am not sending out free Champagne.

Half term this week, plenty of cold water in the river and over in the North Sea.

As Frank said, Who'd thought that rock and roll would save us all.

Monday, 12 May 2014


I am now back home safely after a fantastic training weekend in Dover in preparation for the DIABETES UK Channel relay in July.

After the river, the water was surprisingly warmer, although the conditions were pretty windy, choppy and downright yucky. ( spelling gizmo on the I pad comes up with interesting variations for yucky) We had 3 good swims although I have 3 lovely fingernail gouges on my chest after a midwater meeting!

Met some great people. Kia Ora to Lottie, Sally, Ian and Crispin. Thanks for your great company and loads'a laughs. I hope to see you in June.

I have some new fundraising ideas, so you, yes you, I'm coming for your money!

Don' forget to keep rocking the Kasbah.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Brown, Cold and Lovely

I am back into full swing in the mighty Nene.

Every week the water gets a little cleaner, yesterday I could actually see my hand in the water. The river was about 8C and I did a good hour. The first 5 minutes are like being stabbed by knives, then your face goes numb like you have had 10 injections at the dentist. Then, magically I settle in the water and don't notice the cold at all. This fat is not just for decoration!

Gave the Wadenhoe ladies a thrill yesterday as they emerged into the car park after aerobics. The sight of Koro about to enter the water will live with them forever. Lucky girls.

The best part about the Wadenhoe swims is the bacon roll and pot of green tea after at the Old Barn in the village. Classy. Highly recommend it.

Lots of school this weekend, no Bank holiday for us.

If you rock, don't forget to roll.

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