Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Thursday, 30 May 2013


I often get asked how I swim in water that is only 8C. Well dear readers, many people swim in water that is much colder, but let me give you an idea of how YOU can experience this wonderful feeling.

First, fill you bath up with cold water. You will need to throw in 3 or 4 bags of ice as your tap water is probably about 11 or 12C. Then, turn on a cold fan to replicate the northly wind and then finally turn on the cold shower to produce cold rain. You are now ready, jump in. Enjoy!

These are exactly the conditions that I experienced this week in Aldeburgh. The North Sea was at its best. Cold, lumpy and cloudy. Not to mention a cold wind and rain! It has to be done as Jersey looms. My pilot is worried about the water temperatures over there but I don't have any flexability regarding dates so I will press on.

Lizzie and I had a great time in Aldeburgh. It is one of our favourite places. We met a lovely family at Ocean House. Ed Hodge (Edward according to mother!), Caroline, Rosie, Murray ( great name for a bloke) and mum Sarah. They had lived in Jersey and it was amazing that we knew people in common.

I will tell you about my flight in the Russian Yak once I get the pictures loaded and my insides become untwisted.

Continued thanks for the people that have logged on and donated to the British Red Cross. YOU can do so at:

The Heart of Rock and Roll is still beating.

Monday, 27 May 2013


Let's face it. I hate losing to those stripy people from up north. So you can imagine my misery on Saturday after the Premiership rugby final.

In fact it was a totally frustrating day all round. Having to go to school in the morning was an impediment as we left too late to avoid the traffic that just choked the whole of Twickenham. Over 80,000 people coming from the East Midlands all arrived at the same point. Every roundabout was solid with nowhere to go in any direction. London. You can keep it.

Lizzie and I took Phillipa Cox and her sister George so we had entertaining company. Shame about the plastic pom getting sent off. Shame about the prices at the ground. Shame about the result.

Anyway onto happy thoughts. I am having the thrill of my life today as I am having a flight in a WWII warbird, a Russian Yak. Can't wait.

Half term this week so plenty of cold water coming up. The sea is only 11C at the moment. Seriously cold but it has to be done as Jersey is looming.

Many thanks to the people that have generosly supported my Red Cross appeal. You can donate here: 

Red Hot Chillies Califorinication on Planet Rock as I sit here writing this. Rock on!

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Privyet to all my Russian friends who continue to follow me in record numbers. No, I won't defect as your winters are too cold and your summers are too hot. I will gladly look at your photos.

I have had a big 9 days spending over 20 hours in the water. I have increased my pace to 3.33kph, up from 3.15 earlier in the year. The water temperatures continue to worry everyone. My Jersey pilot informs me that the water is still only 11C which is way down on normal. Come on the sun!

Thank you for your support for the British Red Cross in Northamptonshire. The Beach Party raised over £1000, with another £1000 pounds pledged in sponsorship. We need over £30,000 so please be generous!

Please click on the link to donate.

Who would have thought that Rock and Roll could save us all.

Friday, 10 May 2013


The Beach Party at The Hare was fantastic. Many thanks for all your support and sponsorship.
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Please continue to support the British Red Cross in Northamptonshire by donating on the site below.

I got the sea temperatures from Jersey today. 10.5C. Hurrah. Hopefully by June the 22nd it will get warmer. I was off to the North Sea on Sunday to have a dip. Water there 8.7C. Sadly I can't make it as I am needed here. Phew!

Training continues to go well with plenty of Ks again this week. I have my wonderful MP3 player back so rock is back baby!

Saturday, 4 May 2013


My Just Giving page for my Jersey and Channel swims is up and running. Please support a most worthy cause.

Click on this and you are in!

Big day at the Hare tomorrow as it is Beach Party Day. Man y thanks to all who have supported me so far and have purchased tickets. Report to follow

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