Thursday, 12 February 2009

Its been a while

Its been a little while since the blog received any attention so I figured an update was required, firstly a few thank you’s to those who have continued to offer advice and support and to the 20,000 plus visitors the blog has welcomed since its inception.

The facility to donate online to the J-A-C-K foundation ends this Saturday 14th February 2009, a massive thank you to all those who have generously put their hands deep into their pockets. To date, together we have donated in excess of £3500 some way from the dream of £10k however as the swim did not materialise I am still happy. The downside being the dreadful news that Jack Brown has relapsed into the grips of Neuroblastoma. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult.

The English Channel still eats away at me on a daily basis, though it has taken second place to other more pressing matters. I have a long term plan which might be revealed in good time or maybe it will be kept under wraps.!

I will recommence my open water swims when we get rid of this snow, I thought we were safe this morning only to be engulfed by yet more at lunchtime, great news for the kids though who seem to be having a great time. Speaking of open water - The BLDSA seem to be dragging their heels as far as entries for Coniston and Windermere go, I joined their organisation so it should just be a matter of time before I can commit.

Charlie continues to swim well with the local club at Stockton, with whom I am hoping to complete my level one coaching course sometime this year. Even my Dad (at 74) who taught me to swim all those years ago has joined Total Fitness so he can swim a couple of times a week. Top man.

p.s. if you are looking for something to read...try Sir Ranulph Fiennes...Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know...brilliant..I give it 5 stars you would be surprised how relevant it is to Channel Swimming

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