I'm Mad. I know I am.
A coupe of years ago I saw the presenters on a League of their Own attempt to swim from Alcatraz back to San Francisco. Instantly I knew it was something I wanted to do AND I hadn't been drinking!
So, on Saturday 3rd November I will jump off a small boat and swim the 1.5 miles (90 lengths of a standard swimming pool) back to Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. The distance shouldn't be the issue; the difficulty is the strong cross currents and water temperatures of 12 degrees centigrade.
This really is a technically challenging swim, and the difficulty will be aiming for landmarks a significant distance away from the finish point and judging the tides so that I perfectly curve into the narrow entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf. Miss this and I will end up in no man’s land under the Golden Gate Bridge. With five million gallons of water flowing
through the Golden Gate Bridge every second this isn’t an option worth
I'm aware that this summer more Great White Sharks have been spotted in the San Francisco Bay area than ever before but they just add a bit of spice to everything!
Whilst this swim is "wonderfully mad” and hopefully I can give you a few smiles over the next couple of weeks I'd urge you to make a donation to Warwick Hospital's Cancer Ward. Five years ago my brilliant mum was diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving treatment from the wonderful teams at Warwick Hospital in their state-of-the-art, purpose built Ambulatory Cancer Unit. Funds raised through this page will enable the unit to purchase better equipment for cancer treatment and help make patient and their families’ waiting areas more comfortable.
Thank you for all of the support you've given me. Thank you for taking the time to read this story. Thank you for making a donation, however small. I really am humbled.