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Swimming the Hellespont

Hi, thanks for visiting my page. I am swimming the Hellespont, on the 30th August, One of the world’s most concentrated shipping lanes will be closed for an hour and a half during the swim, which starts from the ancient town of Eceabat on the European side of the straits, and finishes at the naval fort in Çanakkale. The course describes an ellipse due to the strong current, and participation is subject to strict time limit. The Turkish coastguard will remove from the water any swimmer unable to finish the crossing in the allotted time.

I’ve been in training specifically with the idea of swimming the Hellespont since February.

The beneficiary of my swim will be Ruby Lambert, a very special little girl who was at nursery school with my daughter. In April 2010, at the age of five, Ruby collapsed at school due to a rare heart rhythm disorder. Although she was successfully resuscitated she suffered a life-changing brain injury. She is currently paraplegic. With the love and support of her family, their friends and the medical teams that have treated her, there have since been some wonderful developments: recovering her smile and laughter among the best. I wanted to offer whatever help I could to them and to Ruby in her recovery. It was not until I decided to attempt this swim that I had the opportunity to do something for her myself.
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