John Whitehead
July 2014

£6,270 raised

5km of open water swimming over 4 events:

  • 3.5km swim in the River Thames at Hampton Court
  • 14km swim in the River Thames from Henley to Marlow
  • 4.5km intercontinental swim across the Hellespont in Turkey, from Europe to Asia, an iconic swimming event (1h 3m)
  • 3km swim in Poole Harbour, Dorset (47 mins)

To give an idea of distance, 10km is 400 lengths of a 25m pool!

“In the intercontinental swim, I finished 89th out of 270. In my 36-40 category, I finished 5th out of 30. I was actually the highest placed non-Turkish swimmer! But to put all that into perspective, two teenage Turkish girls came 1st and 2nd overall, both finishing under 44 mins!!”

Please click here for the link to John’s fundraising page.