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The latest news and updates from Mike’s preparation and swim across the English Channel

7 and 6 hour back to back swims

7 and 6 hour back to back swims

A 7/6 weekend

It Doesn’t sound too harsh if you say it quickly a seven hour swim on Saturday followed by a six hour swim on Sunday, so within 30 hours the idea is to cover a similar distance and time to a channel swim. How difficult could it be? Well, let me elaborate a little.

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Six Hours in the Sea

Six Hours in the Sea

To enable anyone to even set foot on the beach start line of a channel swim, there’s a few crucial items that need to be ticked off. Apart from the usual admin things, there’s a medical and a six hour qualifying swim that must be done in the year prior to a channel swim attempt.

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In The News – The Newark Advertiser

In The News – The Newark Advertiser

I was so over the moon to be included in the Newark advertiser last week. I grew up in Newark, with this paper being delivered to my house every week my mum would get it and spend time reading about local news and events.

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In the News – The Mail on Sunday

In the News – The Mail on Sunday

I was recently featured in the Mail on Sunday’s health section.

Sara from the Mail on Sunday took a day out to visit me in Norwich to sample a day in the life of a channel swimmer in training.

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History of Channel Swimming

History of Channel Swimming

A Short History of English Channel Swimming

Captain Webb is the start of this short history of English Channel swimming.

Who was the first to swim the channel? Why? and When? I’ll endeavour to answer these questions and more on this page.

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Outdoor Swimmer – My Story

Outdoor Swimmer – My Story

‘My Swim Story’

Check it out! This month’s edition of the fantastic Outdoor Swimmer Magazine includes a full page all about me and my story.

Many thanks goes out to all at Outdoor Swimmer and Simon Griffiths for incliuding me in your magazine.

Take a look at: www.outdoorswimmer.com

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Eddie the Eagle Edwards

Eddie the Eagle Edwards

The Strength to Soar Like an Eagle

A number of years ago, a great friend and I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours skiing with the Winter Olympic Ski Jumping legend that is Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

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Ironman Pula 70.3

Ironman Pula 70.3

Ironman 70.3 Pula

A channel swim doesn’t come out of fresh air, I’ve found that it’s an intense training regime that in many ways eclipses that of completing an Ironman 70.3. Here’s the sotry of that…

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We all start somewhere.

We all start somewhere.

Hello All,

I’ve set out to swim the channel, what better place to start than here:

I’m aiming to be the first person with MS to solo swim the channel, I guess there’s a few reasons for this

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