Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Monday, 23 June 2014


Lizzie and I went to Aldeburgh on the weekend. Great day to pick as it was festival day and there was not a single parking space closer than the Martello Tower end of the beach.

No matter, I jumped in and had a really good swim. I read last night that people in my home town of Auckland had a mid winter swim in the harbour and the water was a "numbing" 16C. Well I have news for you kids. The MID SUMMER temperature in the North Sea yesterday was 16C. Toughen up.

No Jellyfish at all, hurrah!

Swam today with William Owens in the river. He is 12 wants to swim the channel when he is 16. This was his first swim in open water and he did really well. One more of us, one less of them.

I am organising a record breaking swim in August. Still secret squirrel so details to follow.

Led Zep month continues on Planet Rock. It's like a stairway to heaven.

Sunday, 15 June 2014


I am now home safe and sound from my week in West Wales with 36 children.
We had fantastic weather and we are all now a different colour from when we left Maidwell. Of course I have gone Kiwi brown whilst most of the children are now Pommy pink!

I managed to get 2 really long swims in at Whitesands beach, good to get back in the sea water. The water was 14C so getting more pleasant. My swim team was at Dover this weekend so I am pleased that they got better conditions than last month.

I am in the process of organising a unique, challenging swim for August but it needs to be secret squirrel at the moment as I don't want anyone else to don't before me. Details to follow!

One month now to the Channel. Feeling good and looking for a good crossing.
DIABETES raffle tickets still available!

Led Zep month in Planet Rock. Doesn't get better than that. Well perhaps Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Sunday, 1 June 2014


Go marching in, oh when the Saints go marching in.......................... Championies, championies........
What a day at Twickenham, what a result. If you are going to win a Grand Final in front of 85,000 wait until the very last second, EASY! I have never heard a crowd as loud as the noise that went up when the ref signalled T R Y time.
Swimming this week has been indoors as the rain in Spain moved here permanently for the week. The river was MENTAL, totally unswimmable after 4 days of continuous rain. I had 5 big swims in the pool but not quite what I planned for half term.
With the countdown to the Channel in July I had planned 10 hours of cold water so I will need to get up to the river plenty of times in the coming weeks.
Don't forget my DIABETES raffle tickets, they are going fast. Contact me if you would like to buy one and have a chance to win a case of Champagne.
G'luck to the guys and gals doing CE this week.
Remember, meat should be thick, music should be loud.

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