Ashley Channel Swim 1st August 2017. 13hrs 40mins– My Story

Swimming the English was a long-term ambition and it was a chance meeting with Dizz Verth at the Brownsea Island swim 2015 that it started to become a reality when she prompted me to Facebook friend request ‘Durley Sea Swims’. It was here how I learnt about Channel Swimming then fast forward 2yrs until I’m standing on a beach at Dover. I felt relatively relaxed in the run up to the actual swim, the only thing that was causing me any anxiety was the fear of injury. I’d enjoyed the camaraderie and training challenges with my fellow swimmers at Durley[…]

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10hrs 21miles Pre Channel swim training

On Friday 30th June I completed my toughest training session to date. Swimming from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove and back, a distance of 21miles completed in 10hrs. I was supported by Tom who’s been coaching swimmers for the Channel since 1951, a true legend. Marc Newman 6x Channel swimmer and record holder for being the only person to complete the furtherest crossing by starting from Dungeness , just to name a couple of his achievements. Ali Bud one of the Gangsta Grannies who completed a two person 2 way Channel Relay last year and Jon Tribbeck my training partner and[…]

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Durley sea swim Training update

10th June 17 Another 6hr today in difficult sea conditions. 0.8m choppy waves but the sun made a good appearance so all was good. 👍😀🌊🌊🏊🏻🏊🏻 5th June 17 Channel swim training. 6hr sub 16c qualifier swim completed on Saturday along with Hayley, Dan,& Naomi. Conditions started out perfect but I turned choppy 3hrs in. Sunday I managed a 3hr swim. 21st May Another 4hr sea swim today with Dan, in much better conditions and the sun shining. Training going well. 20th May Well after planning to do 3hr sea swim standing on the shore, sea temperature 13.6c and 0.8m waves.[…]

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Thanks to my Corporate Sponsors

A big thanks to Parcelmonkey for their very generous donation that has significantly helped towards some of the costs. Parcelmonkey.co.uk help thousands of customers every day save money on domestic and International parcel shipping. We work with big name couriers such as Parcelforce, DPD, DHL, UK Mail and City Sprint to offer our customers a range of services that match many different time frames and budgets. As we send so many parcels with our courier partners, we are able to negotiate discounted rates which we pass on to our customers so everyone can enjoy low cost parcel delivery. Our website is[…]

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Back in the Sea again

Well after 11 days out of the water due an ear infection it felt good to get back in the pool and managed to notch just over 26k in the last five days. I also manage to get down Fishermens Walk for sea swim  on Sunday with Just Swim. It was cold, 6.4c, this was the coldest I’ve swam in this year and it hurt but what a buzz. Picture of Dr Chris, Ali B (One of the two Gangster grannies who last year successfully completed a Channel relay to France and back ) and me.

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