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I am swimming 4 kilometres in the sea from the Plymouth Breakwater back to Plymouth on Sunday 5 August in aid of the Chestnut Appeal for Men's Health, a charity raising awareness about and supporting the treatment of prostate cancer. http://chestnutappeal.org.uk/about/.
Prostate cancer for many reasons is something men just don't talk about when they should.
This is the second long distance swim that I have undertaken and I have been greatly spurred on by the support I received on my last outing swimming around Burgh Island. A number of friends who sponsored me at the time also pushed me to challenge myself further, thus why I have returned to the Chestnut Appeal and the Plymouth Breakwater Swim.
This however is a much arduous task and is almost double the distance. It is also a distance far beyond anything that I have actually swum at time of writing and I have much to do in the next two weeks. This time however, I take comfort from the fact that I have put much more effort into practising in the sea. This weekend will see my last training swim, where I am targeting a 2 mile sea session.
As many will know, I am not a natural trained swimmer and my swimming adventure was born out of a bad back which I really struggled with last year. The swimming season has also not been without its issues and a shoulder injury wiped out much of May's training whilst my eyes are looking forward to not having chlorine in them almost everyday.
Sponsorship requests can become an all to familiar occurrence, thus I am hoping that supporters will forgo their morning coffee and donate a couple of pounds to this challenge on behalf of a great charity and an much overlooked illness. As I mentioned earlier, this really is not a stroll in the park for me.
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