Before joining the RAF in 2009 I was a competitive Open Water Swimmer for several years. An injury I sustained through swimming meant that I was out of the water for two years prior to joining the RAF and had no intention of returning to swimming. After completing my training I was introduced to the RAF swimming association and invited to compete at the Inter Service Open Water Championships. In 2012 I was selected for the RAF team to compete in a 42 mile round Jersey relay race. The RAF team won this race setting a new world record and in the process was able to raise over £42,000 for charity. It was at this event that my passion for marathon swims was born.
The following year I competed in a 15km swim in Manchester and a 26km swim in Zurich. Throughout all of my swims my aim was to complete a round Jersey solo swim. In 2015 I got my opportunity and completed the 42 mile swim setting a new world record for a solo swim and also beating the relay time I had set 3 years previous.
Looking for my next big challenge I turned my attention to Lake Windermere and after some research found out that the most anybody had ever completed was 4 crossings. After considering my average swimming speed I estimated that it would be possible to complete 5 crossings in under 24 hours, in order to achieve this I would have to break the record for a 4-way crossing on my way to 5 crossings.
So this is the challenge I have set my self, in Sep 2019 I will be attempting to become the first person to complete a 5-way crossing (52.5 miles) of Lake Windermere and hold the record for 3, 4 and 5 way crossings at the same time.
In preparation of this marathon swim I will also be completing a 2 and 3 way Windermere (21 miles + 31.5 miles) in Aug in which I also hope to break the record for 1, 2 and 3 crossings.
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