Here's the story of a guy with MS who decided to swim the English Channel
Live - Dream - Achieve
Last Week of September 2017
I've got a slot in the last tide of September. Channel swimming is very weather dependent, as soon a suitable window is available, I'll be swimming.
I’m aiming to be the first person with MS to solo swim the English Channel. I guess there’s a few reasons for this which I’ll aim to tell all over the coming months in my preparation for one of the worlds’ hardest solo challenges.
OK, what’s the big deal? and where’s the English Channel? (for those that aren’t from the UK)
The English Channel is the stretch of sea between England and France, it’s generally cold, 16C or 60F on a good day. The distance is around 21 miles or 34km, as a straight line, with the tide it’s further than that. Oh and it just happens to be the worlds busiest shipping lane too, so what could possibly go wrong during a 13, 14, 15 hour or longer swim?!
There’s a number of reasons why I want to do this and do this now while I still can, none of us know when we could be dealt an unfortunate hand in life. This is indeed one of the reasons why I want to do this, I want to raise awareness of what MS is and isn’t. It isn’t a death sentence, it doesn’t mean you’ll be confined to a life of disability, it doesn’t mean you’ll not be able to follow your dreams, it doesn’t mean you’ll be dependent on others for the rest of your days. Sure it affects everyone in different ways and rarely are two MS’ers the same – note how I didn’t use the term ‘sufferer’ and yes, some days are not good, some days it’s difficult to do the basic things in life.
One thing that I’ve realised is that ‘One Day’ never arrives. One Day I’m going to do… One Day I’ll do that, well with MS the day that you’re planning to do something or are able to do something might have gone, so embrace life and get out there and do it.
Apart from being a good role model for Abigail, I’d like to raise money for a very worthy charity that helps MS’ers both day to day and with research in finding a way to halt this disease, turn it around and repair the damage done. So please forgive me for asking for your support with my Challenge over the coming year it would not only be helping make a positive change to MS in the future but will offer them some tremendous brand awareness to be associated with this immense challenge.
I look forward to welcoming you all along for the journey and I apologies for the amount of video and pictures that will show me in my trunks!
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Swimming meets handcyle racing.
Here’s the boat that my Pilot, Stuart Gleeson skippers. She’ll be my haven and guide through my swim, along with being home to my crew for the challenge.
Prudential Handcycle Classic
Here’s a picture from the excellent 2014 Handcycle Classic Race from Kingston-upon-Thames to The Mall (Buckingham Palace)
Majorca Handcycle Tour
A rider’s level view of the final stage of the Majorca Handcycle Tour. A challenging stage over 70km and a few peaks. Beautiful scenery, yet very challenging.
Boats In The Channel
The English Channel is a very busy shipping lane between mainland Europe and the UK. One of the challenges, which I’m trusting Stuart with, is navigating through the shipping.
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