Sunday, 30 October 2011


Some will know, some will not know.... who is The Loneswimmer You...?

if you don't and you are a Channel Swim aspirant (like me) then you should find out...but to save you the effort I will let the cat out of the bag.... Donal Buckley (practical joker extra-ordinaire) is a Channel Swimmer, having made an epic swim to France in August 2010...he writes on an almost daily basis at and has a wealth of news data discussion going at any one time, a brief look through his older posts provide mountains of informative reading for the dark nights now that the clocks have lost the hour.

Like lots of successful Channel swimmers DB has continued to swim and inspires me to pull my finger out from time to time..Last year after my first 1WW (one way windermere) I more or less stopped the open water swimming til the following April.

This year the plan is to drop the sessions back but attempt to maintain some acclimatisation and remind myself of the conditions that await in the Straits of Dover, as DB recently wrote something along the lines of..."Why do you think you can swim The Channel if you only train in lakes and pools"

DB is maintaining his 60 minutes swims as the temperature drops in the waters surrounding the beloved Emerald Isle and I am following suit..together with the re- introduction of pool/interval sessions..hopefully Donal will spot this post and write something here by way of a guest post.. continues..the water a Seaton Carew is now 53f 11.6c, the air temperature is dropping but we are sticking at it, today was a great swim with Joe Hunter, the target remains 60 minutes and no less until we get below 50f hurts like hell getting in and its so funny when we shake and giggle afterwards but you feel great all day once its should try wont kill you......well I don't think so anyway !

oh...if you hadn't noticed the blog now has an easy domain name..its now just

1 comment:

Donal said...

Thanks very much Mark. I've been practically begging Lisa, Finbarr & Nick Adams to write, so it would be hypocritical to not write one for you since you ask. Btw, my reputation as a practical joker is unfounded and based entirely on that one, (cough), incident, given the results.