On the 13th August 2016 I swam 137 miles – or 8,800 lengths of a 25m pool – down the River Thames. I set off from Lechlade-Upon-Thames and swam downstream, swimming around 10 miles a day, arriving at Putney Bridge on the 28th August.
The journey was tracked live with a YB3 Tracking Unit. Follow the link to see the route and tweets from the river: http://yb.tl/thamesswim2016
I had a small support crew consisting of my friend Josh, who kayaked alongside me, he helped to keep me safe, feed me and carried our provisions. My Dad, offered roadside support and dropped us off and picked us up each day. My friend’s auntie kindly donated her caravan for the trip, thank you! 🙂 We slept and ate there, and ventured to the pub or to have a shower (if the campsite had one).
I have always fancied swimming a river from source to (almost) mouth. I also enjoy the physical and mental challenge of multi-day endurance challenges, and thought that this could be a good way to raise some money for charity.
DANGERS OF THE SWIM
The main dangers are catching illnesses from all the pollutants and sewage that ends up in the river (39 million cubic metres of sewage!) No getting around this one really. The water is also flipping cold, in the tidal section of the swim there are powerful tides, eddies and undertows and there is also a lot of sharp debris in the water.