Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Thursday, 21 April 2016


Well dear reader, as the weather warms up, sort of, weird and mad events appear on the swimming calendar.

This Saturday sees the first, a Kilometre every hour for 12 hours. Fortunately I will be sharing this pain with my swim buddies Claire, Michelle and Sarah so we will all suffer together.

I am getting some good swims in now as the river hovers around the 10C mark. Yesterday I did a comfortable hour in the water and felt great.

The weather for the weekend predicts Arctic blasts. Hurrah can't wait.

Amazingly The Doors Riders On the Storm is playing now on Planet Rock as I write. Hopefully not a portent!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Well dear reader, here I am back in the UK after a special month in Aotearoa.

You will be very pleased to hear that I got straight back in the Nene the day after I got back. It was big, brown and bad and 8C. I did not last long.

With the Three Rivers Safari looming I had to get acclimatised quickly so I got in again for 30 minutes on Friday.

Saturday saw me back for 4500m in the Great Ouse, Cam and Nene. The water just hit 9C but I coped OK.

Hopefully the water will start to warm up as I am doing a 1K every hour for 12 hours relay in a couple of weeks.

Missed Planet Rock whilst away. Back at full volume.

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