As you are now no doubt aware, The Swim is going to be a massive challenge. There’s more than one reason why no-one’s ever done it. So can
I think so. I believe so. Why? Because I’ve seen
in action. And he’s got what it takes. Let me tell you a bit about his
2010 Wayne English Channel swim to illustrate what I mean.
In fact, so good was the performance that he, much to our surprise, decided to attempt a solo effort.
go through the enormous pains of preparing himself for this event. I'm
talking about the cold water acclimatisation, the mornings when he
struggled to leave his house because that meant yet another moment of abject
horror as he plunged once again into cold water and suffered that two minutes
of screaming primal distress. Wayne
I saw the repeated nausea and other unpleasant effects of prolonged exposure to salt water
I saw the social sacrifices he and his family made through weekend after weekend of training.
And I saw the final manifestation of commitment when
pulled his swim date forward by a few weeks. He did this not because he
felt by any means ready or because he'd completed his training schedule, but
because he simply could not bear the thought of yet another 6+ hour swim in
Dover harbour with just the thoughts in his head (which I suspect could be
quite scary) and the ever-present cold for company. Wayne believed he could do it, despite training stats not being in his
On the Big Day,
aced the Channel. Not because he set a record time, in fact quite the
opposite, because he missed the favourable tide that would have enabled
him to land on the French coast. Such an occurrence normally signals the
end of Channel attempts. When the tide changed against him, the (highly
experienced) boat crew started to pack up for the trip home - they see lots and
lots of Channel attempts and they ‘knew for a fact’ that this one was over. But
no-one had told Wayne that. He picked up nature's gauntlet, and just bloody well kept
swimming, hour after hour, stroke after stroke, for all the time it took for
the tide to undertake a complete change. And then as conditions became
more favourable, he headed in and reached the beach. 20 hours and 1 minute.
Yes, you read right, 20 hours and 1
minute in the water. Wayne
away from the Channel proving he was the world's fastest open water swimmer.
But he did come away as surely one of the grittiest, determined and
bloody-minded souls ever to attempt 'la Manche'. And, it should be noted,
he also came away quite a lot slimmer. Wayne
On the return journey Jonny, part time philosopher and full-time mate who was on the boat that day, summed it up perfectly. "Before today, I thought that swimming the Channel was incredibly difficult. Now I've seen
do it, I
know it's impossible". Wayne
That’s why I believe
can do The Swim. Wayne