It's been very quiet around here of late hasn't it! We've been so busy with training and fundraising and work that we haven't updated in almost two months!
So here's what we've been up to...
We had our first training weekend in Dover with all the rest of the Aspire swimmers. We met the rest of our team:
From left to right - Sarah, Sophie, Kay, David, Heather and Jackie
We also did our first bit of proper sea swimming in Dover harbour. Under the instruction of the legendary Freda Streeter, we did 2 swims of 20 minutes (which turned out to be closer to 30 as the harbour wall was further away than we thought) on Saturday and a swim of 45 minutes of Sunday. Gail from "Team Spare Parts" (aka this year's reserve swimmers) took lots of pictures, which she's kindly agreed to let me share with you here.
We passed up on the opportunity to get lubed up by a stranger (we later regretted this)...
My finger providing Sarah with some inspiration of where to go...
We'll be right back!
Getting dressed afterwards proved to be a stressful and confusing experience for Sophie, whilst Kay found the whole thing very amusing!
How anyone can look this cheerful when they can't feel most of their limbs due to the cold is beyond me!
Once we'd all got all of our clothes on, we started to get warm and feel a bit happier!
We're now up to 61% of our fundraising target. As usual, everyone has been fantastically generous with their donations - thanks go to Amy & Martyn, Aileen & Neil, Mick & Olga, Chris Lacey, Aimi & Chris, Charly & Ben, Craig, Andrew and Laura (phew!).
This weekend our sexy seal outfits will be coming out to pack bags at Morrisons in Kirkstall - if you need groceries, come down and see us on Saturday!