Durdle Dor SwimIt was an early start on Saturday 29th June, I met up with Sally just after 7.00am, on a gloriously sunny morning to drive down to Durdle Door for a 9.00am briefing! The wild swim was organised by Swim Trek. We had two lovely ladies Kate & Vickie guiding us, and two support boats. Our group was 14 in size, mostly ladies. Swimming in the cold sea (temperatures were around 13 deg) is not for the faint hearted! This was my first wild swim and I was a little bit apprehensive,  but the lovely walk down from the cliffs to the beach helped distract me & calm any nerves. We passed our change of clothes to one of the support boats and it was time to go! The water was a beautiful turquoise blue, and very inviting; we slowly made our way in and spent 10 mins getting used to the water temperature. I was very grateful to have swam with Basil in the Quays a few weeks earlier, where swimming face down in the cold water had been a real shock! This time I was prepared for what to expect, and managed to get my breathing under control much quicker.

Lulworth Cove

We swam out through the Door, and down towards Lulworth Cove. When I was taught to swim we only learnt to breathe on one side (now a days kids are taught to breathe on both sides), unfortunately for me this is my right side, looking out to sea, so I had to make a concerted effort to concentrate on my landmarks for navigation. I wasn’t sure how my pace would match up to the other swimmers, and although I was not the fastest, I was fairly steady and up with the leading group. The group swam well as a team, looking out for each other, making sure people were not getting cold (two mad swimmers chose not to wear wet suits…). The view down the coast line was spectacular, and it was a real treat to be able to enjoy the views from the sea. The plan had been to swim into ‘Stair Hole’ and around the rocks, but the water was too choppy. We had a couple of brief stops for swimmers to re-group & take on-board fluids. The last stop we made was a little too long for me, and I started to get quite chilly, what I hadn’t appreciated was we had made such good progress and were just outside Lulworth Cove!

It was a short swim into the Cove, where the water temperature was noticeably warmer, and the sea colour typically Mediterranean. The total swim was 3-4km and had taken me about 1hr 10mins. It was a fantastic experience, and I really enjoyed it. We waited for all the swimmers to finish, then got changed and warmed up with hot drinks and carbs! The soles of my feet were numb with cold and took a good 10 mins to warm up properly, a very weird feeling!

Once we were all changed, and warmed up we walked back over the cliffs from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door. It was lovely to see the same views from land and get the complete picture. This part of the Dorset coast is stunning and we were lucky enough to have such good weather and see it at its most splendid.

 

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Views along the Jurassic Coast

The Swim route from land!

My challenge for July is walking over the O2 Dome with Simon …. this week! We will don our blue smurf suits and climb up and over the Dome. We are scheduled for a 8pm climb, so with the current weather forecast we should get some spectacular early evening views over London.

Annie recently undertook a challenge of her own, and cycled 55 miles from Crondall to the Ugandan Embassy in Trafalgar Square, London to raise funds for her trip to Uganda. Due to personal & college commitments Annie had been unable to do much training. But did fabulously well. John cycled with her and they completed the ride in 6.5 hrs; resting every hour for 15 mins to take onboard fluids. In conjunction with other fund raising events Annie has raised over £1000! People are exceptionally generous & supportive. x

Annie Outside Ugandan Embassy, London

Annie Outside Ugandan Embassy, London

Annie & John en route to London

Annie & John en route to London

 

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