There is only just over a week to go until we head up to Fort William, Highland to begin the 110km swim across Scotland adventure. I can’t believe how well the preparation and logistics have gone for this trip so far. I really have to thank Luke Palmer, Claire Palmer and Caitriona Hurley for this. They have all gotten heavily involved during the preparation stages.
Our first task was to source two standup paddle boards (SUP’s). After loads of messages to SUP Facebook groups and ringing/emailing loads of companies, we finally got sorted. Quroc very kindly offered to lend us two SUP’s for the trip. Quroc are based in Llantwit Major in South Wales, and there main aim is to “make the best inflatable standup paddle board in the world”. We can’t thank Quroc enough for helping us out on this front.
During the River Severn, I winged it in terms of accommodation. Before that trip, I didn’t book any accommodation. I was under the assumption that “we would get sorted”. This was probably the biggest headache of that trip, where we were waking up every morning not knowing where we were going to be staying. Thankfully for the Scotland trip, we have campsites booked free of charge for the four of us. This has to be credited to Luke, who has a way with words. He is the chief e-mailer of the group, and if we want to get anything for free, he is the go-to-guy. Luke certainly knows how to write a good email, and it has payed off big-time for us. Thanks very much to Bunroy Park and Cannich Caravan & Camping Park for leaving us stay in there fantastic looking campsites near Fort William and Inverness, respectively. We are looking forward to setting up base there soon.
I have to give a big shout out to Jim and Heather at Puravida Boardriders down in Penarth. They allowed us to borrow two fantastic SUP’s for a training session where the whole team went down to Barry Island last Saturday (Video below). Puravida Boardriders are South Wales’ biggest SUP, Surf & Windsurf store, and having visited their shop, I can vouch for that. What an amazing setup. Thanks guys.
I am quite lucky that I can train in the best facilities I could ask for when preparing for such a swim. I train down in Cardiff International Pool five times a week. For anyone that hasn’t been down there, and are living in the Cardiff, United Kingdom area and even South Wales, make sure you visit this place. They have ‘the best’ pool I have ever trained in. Its 50m long, but can also change into a 25m with floating decks either end. So thanks guys, ye run a great operation down there in Cardiff Bay.
Back2Front Physiotherapy Ltd have once again helped me out for this adventure. When your swimming 30km/week, your body is going to ache ,and thanks to Chris at Back2Front Physiotherapy I am feeling 100% going into this swim again. Thanks again Chris, your a fantastic physio.
Thanks to Scottish Canals for providing some valuable and necessary information about the Caledonian Canal that we will be embarking on.
The charity that we are raising money for are called Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity. Having visited the amazing hospital in Cardiff, we are all very happy with where the money that we raise will be going. Luke and myself visited the hospital and were told some very inspirational stories. The four of us are delighted to raising money for such a fantastic charity.
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