2 Mile Open Water Swim From Scratch

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2 Mile Open Water Swim From Scratch

Having completed the Surrey 100 mile bike ride in 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed it I entered for it again for 2018. Knowing full well I wouldn’t be able to take part due to cost and logistics as I was now living in Bulgaria the application went ahead anyway. In the back of my mind there was something saying, ‘you never know’. When I was accepted there was an option to put it off for the following year if competitors couldn’t compete for whatever reason. So that’s what I did and an offer to compete the 2019 ride came about.

With an email message from London Marathon Ltd telling me to pay £96 for the 2019 event by the 22nd March, I knew yet again the cost of flying with a bicycle and the cost of accommodation was well beyond our means especially as the event was in August, peak holiday time with traditional criminal hiked prices. Just the basics of me travelling alone to compete would be well over £500 and close to doubling if Galia my partner came with me.

Contained within the message was a section referring to competitors that complete three London Sporting Challenges are entitled to another medal and entered in the Hall of Fame. Having completed the London Marathon way back in 1982 and now Surrey 100 bike ride under my belt in 2016 it was two thirds of the way to this entitlement. This provoked the thought of perhaps going for it with the completion of a 2 mile swim in the open waters of the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park in September.

The excitement of taking up another sporting challenge when I will have arrived the age 61 years old was uncontained and seemingly quite feasible. On consulting Galia, she was quite okay on the idea if that’s what I wanted.

So, here I am with another sporting goal in front of me. On your marks, get set, go.....

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