Getting stung by jellyfish – all essential part of Channel training

I can’t think why I haven’t mentioned this before.  The Channel has jellyfish.  We will get stung. So our glorious leader, Dee Seabrook has found us a lake full of the things where we can practice swimming (wo)manfully on while being stung.

My latest 220 Triathlon blog explains.

All this cold water torture has been for a reason!

When I started to realise how painful swimming in cold water was, and how much I dread it every time – that walk down the beach towards the icy depths is horrendous – I decided a higher purpose might help me get in and enjoy the suffering.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you my VirginMoneyGiving fundraising page to support my Channel swimming efforts.

A tropical day at the Cold Water Swimming Championships


Last weekend I competed at the Cold Water Swimming Championships.  There was so much going on but I could only fit a certain amount in to my latest 220 Triathlon blog.




Poppy day swim – what a difference two weeks makes

Today is Remembrance Day and, fittingly, I will always remember it. I think today will be a turning point in my Channel training story.

Two weeks ago I wrote about how my body and mind responded to a particularly cold swim which knocked my confidence  a bit.  Actually, A Lot.  It also gave me a reality check about how hard swimming through the winter is going to be. 

English Channel – here I come!

Bit of a misleading headline there. I’m not going to swim the Channel. Completely. But I AM  going to do a Channel relay next September with a team of Seabrook Seals, the group of people I swim with down at Southbourne beach in Bournemouth.

I won’t tell you everything now because I don’t know many more details than the slot we’ve got –