I successfully completed my solo swim across the English Channel on 19th July, in a time of 14hours and 31 minutes. Starting at Samphire Hoe in Dover at 10.20am on 18th July and finishing on Wissant beach, France.

It was a very physical and mentally demanding swim and a truly extraordinary experience . I was blessed with the most amazing conditions.

Many thanks to all on board my escort boat, the Viking Princess;  pilots Reg and Ray Brickell, artist John Hartley and of course, my coach Tim Denyer.

Special thanks  to my family,  friends and sponsors; the swimmers and coaches at Red Top Swim; Mel Denyer and Camilla Oates at Bodytonic, Sam Burch at Fix, the BLDSA and CSA.  Thank you all. I couldn’t have done it without you!

I will be writing more and adding video and photographic documentation of  the swim in the next few weeks , once I have recovered.

 

 

 

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More pain please!

I had a deep tissue massage with Mel Denyer on Monday.

I told her which parts of my body hurt and she got stuck in with her elbows, pressing down on the sites of pain to loosen tight muscles .

Thighs, hips, shoulders, elbows and lats. 

It was the most excruciating pain I have had to endure. 

It is a bit like having the dentist press down on cavity without using an anaesthetic.

At the end of the session she told me that it would hurt the next day. 

I said. “Never mind that, it hurts now!”

To which she laughed. 

I have a sneaking suspicion she likes her job.

But she is bloody good at it!