Success in the North Channel

At 2.30am on Thursday 25th August 2016 I woke up in my hotel room in Donagadhee, Northern Ireland.  I had managed to get a few hours of broken sleep but the knowledge that today would be the day of my most challenging swim to date was stopping me from getting any...

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How to Cope with Not completing a swim and what it takes to go back

Having swum successfully across the English Channel in 2006, Ed set his sites on the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland in 2014. 18 miles into the 21 mile swim Ed had to be pulled out just 3 miles off the coast due to severe jellyfish reactions to hundreds of Lions Main Stings. In August 2016 he is returning to swim again. Here Ed explains the mind set of what it takes to return to a challenge that was previously unsuccessful and what it takes to move forward.

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Time to Return to the North Channel

Two months ago on 2nd September I was 18 miles into my North Channel swim between Ireland and Scotland when an abnormal amount of jellyfish forced me to stop. I was suffering a very serious reaction to hundreds of stings and was starting to lose control of breathing...

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The Irish Channel Attempt 2014

On September 3rd 2014 at 5.30am I entered the water in Donghadee in Ireland ready to swim 22 miles to Port Patrick in Scotland. Unfortunately things did not quite go to plan and I found myself on the brink of death before fulfilling my dream. Here is the story of what happened.

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Bad weather aborts first swim

I have just arrived back in England after a torturous 10 days in Ireland waiting to swim to Scotland. The swim never got to take place as the weather was terrible every single day. By terrible I mean 12 ft waves and 30mph winds every day which not even the strongest...

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The Countdown to the North Channel

It is now just 2 weeks before my swim window opens on August 18th and I am getting a little nervous to say the least. As the weather is so unpredictable for any channel swim, a swimmer always books a 5 or 6 day window of opportunity in relation to the tides so that...

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The Dangers of Overtraining

My North Channel Swim is getting increasingly closer and I am starting to get a little bit stressed out about it! Have I trained hard enough? Probably not. Have I partied too much? Probably so. I am however confident that I have done enough to get me across and I am...

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Extreme Acclimatisation and my 6 Hour Qualifying swim

With just 5 months to go until I swim between Ireland and Scotland it is time to start acclimatisation work! I loath acclimatisation with a passion. I can swim huge distances forever but hate that initial shock to the system and bone deep cold that comes with Channel...

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From Fit to Fat to Fit again!

With six months to go until my North Channel Swim between Ireland and Scotland I am starting to up the training level and intensity considerably! Unlike many other extreme long distance swimmers I prefer not to waste my days plodding up and down the pool at a steady...

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