08/03/2012 by Carl Reynolds
Three Cs – Me, Big Carl and Jackie Cobell. Two Cs – two channel swimmers (not me). One C – one channel record holder (Jackie). Now Big C was once a regular on these pages, but due to a series of unfortunate events has not been swimming for a very long time. He was buttonholed as soon as he came in by Margy, before we had a long chat with Jackie Cobell. I knew that Big C would manage a length or two, despite it being a chilly 6 degrees C. Lucy and Hilary, who we met on the way in, said it felt colder than yesterday, and the thermometer did read a shade under 6, but who can quibble about a fraction of a fraction. And indeed he swam 400 yards, to his credit. Meanwhile, Jackie said she’d stay in for 40 minutes (she works out her time in according to the temperature) and I thought I’d do a mile (about 30 minutes). I felt good at 1800 yards, so turned and did another 200 to take it to a well round 2000 yards – or 20 lengths and 34 minutes in the water. Jackie meanwhile steamed (or is that chilled?) on for another 11 minutes and clocked up 45 minutes in the water. She really is a Polar Bear.
The sun was out throughout and presented me with some lovely photo opportunities. I took them.
Ape – 2000 yards (1.83km) – 6 degrees C.