Renowned across the World as the benchmark long distance swim. Although I have swam the Channel twice before, these swims were the result of a childhood dream. The journey that would see this dream come true was tougher than I could ever have imagined, the training gruelling (thank you Tom Watch) and the shared experiences with my training companions, unforgettable. The actual swims causing me to promise myself I would never have to do them ever again. Life defining moments. These swims were over twenty years ago. Despite the promises I made myself, I need to do it again. However, the challenge to see how I manage the required commitment to training and to answer the burning question, "Can I really still get across?", seems insufficient .
In a world where all the mountains have been climbed and all the oceans rowed, the question is often asked, "Are there any true adventures left?" The question demands an answer and adventurers across the world are answering it loud and clear by pursuing new horizons and pushing new limits. Having swam the Channel in 1992 and again in 1993 to become the World's first backstroke swimmer, I find myself wondering whether I really could have got across in 2013 and ask if I should go back again next year? Continuing to redefine the established boundaries of English Channel swimming. In September 2013 I failed. Maybe one day, I will commence another swim of the English Channel . A swim that will audaciously redefine the nature of English Channel swimming and lay down the gauntlet to coming generations seeking to do it tough. A new chapter, a new dimension. A swim never before attempted in the history of English Channel swimming.