Sunday, 26 August 2012

Hour 8

Only 17 people ever have successfully swum from any part of Ireland to Scotland, over 73 have tried. This is done further down along the Irish coast where the tides are slightly less severe and the water isn't pushed through such a tight gap. What makes Wayne's swim so challenging is the strength of the tides, combined with the cold water temperature (between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius) and of co
urse, the jellyfish. No one has ever successfully swum across the stretch of water that Wayne is currently trying to wrestle down.

He has had a few tough feeds - morale is a bit low and he is beginning to express doubts. As Paul said - he only has about 2 - 3 hours left - this is what the swim is all about.

Go WAYNE!!!! you can do it!

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Wayne likes pork pies and Guinness. He likes routine and predictability. He loves his family. He's 40+, short(ish), balding and battling with waistline expansion. He's been known to occasionally play a good round of golf, likes to tinker with 'stuff' and has rescued a group of friends from the African wild by fixing a Land Rover with a jellybaby.

He's never been a great fan of physical exertion. In short (apart from the jellybaby incident), Wayne is an ordinary person. And he's about to do something really amazingly, astoundingly and astonishingly extra-ordinary. He's going to swim the the treacherous, never-been-swum-before channel between Kintyre (Scotland) and Ballycastle (Ireland). For charity. This is his story.