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“Publicity !! Fame.. lights.. action…..”

“Publicity !! Fame.. lights.. acti...

Dear friends, I have made it on to the ‘Free The Children’ website, how amazing. After struggling slowly back from the shoulder injury which is getting better, I needed this boost. http://www.freethechildren.com/2013/08/gary-bruce-swims-the-english-channel-for-change/ Free The Children as you know is my nominated charity. Why? Free The Children believe that young people have the power to change the world. And they are so right. Youth can break barriers that would otherwise prevent them from achieving their fullest potential. “to achieve their fullest...
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This is part of it .. right?!!

This is part of it .. right?!!

The shoulder is not fixed and the therapy goes on.  I have to say I have been trying to be adult and rest. Fear not all you gracious people that have sponsored me hoping to see me suffer in September, you Romans will get value for money… Lol.. Although, Mr John Jenkins (Select boat crew and chief holder of hand) wanted to insert the needles.. Miracle worker Sian would not allow it…. thank goodness!!   I have got to say amazing. And tomorrow is review day.. hopefully followed by a test swim. Hurrrrrah...
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Ladies & Gentlemen.. and Zac.. ‘The Viking Princess’

Ladies & Gentlemen.. and Zac.. R...

I took the opportunity whilst passing through Dover the other day, to have a short 2 hour dip and board our support vessel. Folkestone Fishing Trawler ‘The Viking Princess’. Every year Captain Reg Brickell and his brother Ray, lift her out for a complete deep clean and re-paint ready to assist her  ’slightly mad charges’ in their adventures across the Channel. I thought that you would like to see more of her..   The fore deck.. where many dramas unfold daily during the swimming season....
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“So you think that I’m fat?”

“So you think that I’m fat?”

Uhmmm.. of late there have been a few comments … People have noticed that I have put on weight. This actually has been strategic and quite difficult to do given that I already eat enough food to feed two adult men each day!   The advice came from and was taken on board by a guru in the ‘cold water swimming world’. The ice maiden herself.. Fiona Southwell from Brighton Sea Swimming club. “Gary.. think like a woman.. and eat chocolate and ice cream late at night!”   So, I did.. well errr.. eat chocolate and ice cream late at night. Mrs Anne Jenkins will say...
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I’m back !

I’m back !

Well haven’t you lot been lucky? No active blogging for a few weeks! Boy are times about to change. Apparently, I have another job which actually pays my salary, which demanded a little of my time.   But hey, I’m back and swimming ferociously. I have just had a great trip to San Francisco where my good friends, FastEddie Peinado, English Channel soloist 2010 and Pedro Ordenes, Straights of Magellan 1999 were on hand to ‘give me a good beasting’! That’s English terminology for ‘it was terribly hard’.   I began in the Cove at Aquatic park meeting and swimming a...
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“So what’s the problem with cold water?”

“So what’s the problem with ...

  ‘I am now entering the last stages of panic.. tee hee’. I need regular immersion in colder water and will be moving my efforts more towards Dover and Brighton for the remaining time before my crossing. The sea temperature in the Channel at present, if you click on the link on the right side of my blog, is 11.9C. I bet that you are not monitoring it as much as me! A famous ‘Channel guru’, Freda Steeter who holds swim clinics every weekend, is ‘asking’ swimmers to do two swims of 3 and 1.5-2 hours at present. This is for...
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O’Dark O’Clock Swim

O’Dark O’Clock Swim

So another weekend down. I had planned to do several events in the French open water calendar this weekend to get a total of 30km in within 3 days. However, the water at 14C, a ‘positively balmy and almost chaud’…. were cancelled. This left me with a gaping hole in the training program. To fill this I managed to persuade  my trusted ‘lifeguard’ to accompany me for a 4 hour stint in my lake, which was 14C.   I struggled up at 0400 to fuel myself, awoke Madeleine (Monkey No1) at 0500 and was in the water by 0600. Monkey No1 is a fabulous...
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‘Special Needs Boat Crew’..

‘Special Needs Boat Crew’..

And finally the last two members of the boat crew……. “What have I done?”       And finally, adding a much needed International outlook (and good looks generally) to the ‘dream team’, Eddie Peinado, the celebrated Brazilian adventurer has taken time out from his attempt to circumnavigate the Great Lakes in an inflatable canoe to add his experience to the crew. Eddie, an accomplished budgie wrestler is uniquely qualified, having himself swum the channel 2 years ago in 12 hours and 29 minutes. He will therefore be the...