I’m really excited to be involved once again in the Aspire Channel Swim.
As you may recall, The Aspire Channel Swim challenges people of all ages to swim the length of the English Channel (22 miles) over a 12-week period starting from 10th September and finishing on 3rd December 2018.
It’s free to enter and you can take part as an individual or as part of a team. You don’t even have to get in the sea! You can complete the 22-mile challenge at your local swimming pool, at your own pace, across as many sessions as you need.
My personal challenge
Last year, I was in a team with a group of fantastic bloggers and we each took 4 weeks to swim our 2.4 mile section before passing on to the next person in the relay. It was so rewarding!
To get through the challenge, I had to really organise myself. I swam as often as possible, and it definitely made me feel fitter too.
My favourite times to swim was when I was at the pool nice and early and all by myself, head down and getting on with it. I found I could push myself harder, take a few minutes break and then push on to get through a few more laps.
But I also loved it when the kids came along with me and cheered me on. Although I made it through fewer laps, playing with them in the water and then cracking on with a few more laps made sure the whole challenge retained an element of fun. And it was sometimes hilarious to have my little cheerleaders shouting my times out to me across a crowded pool.
But as well as being a fantastic personal test of commitment and motivation, why else might you want to take up the Aspire Channel Swim challenge?
Well, every eight hours someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Aspire provides practical help to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK,
so they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families.
Aspire receives no statutory Government funding, so the Aspire Channel Swim is crucial for
helping to raise the funds required to support those people living with spinal cord injuries
every day .
This year, Aspire is aiming to recruit 7,000 people for the Aspire Channel Swim. Are you tempted to join in? If you are, please do let me know!
You can sign up here.
This is a commissioned post for Aspire.