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Aspire Swim in the Paper

As I’ve mentioned not only am I a swimmer for the Aspire Channel Challenge, but my PR agency Joshua PR is also doing a bit of work for them.

The two worlds collided yesterday as Patrick the PR person arrange for Patrick the swimmer to have his photo taken by the Nottingham Evening Post.

This is the photo:

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And here’s the full article: Good Deeds Notts: Patrick to ‘swim’ English Channel in aid of charity

And please don’t forget to sponsor me on JustGiving.


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First Aspire mile done

Today was the start of the Aspire Channel Challenge and the start of my own personal challenge to do the 22 miles in 22 days in 22 different venues.

2015-09-14 11.00.34Not only that, but as Joshua PR is supporting Aspire with this, I’d arranged for a photographer from the Nottingham Post to come along and take some photos of me swimming. He did some photos of me by the side of the pool, then some of me swimming. Then he disappeared (to cover a Forest U21s match I believe) and let me swim.

Today’s swim was at Bingham and it was a lovely leisure centre and pool. Clean, spacious changing rooms and a nice pool with three very wide lanes in. There was plenty of room in each lane to swim up and down and overtake in the centre of the lane. Not only that, but the pool was just nicely busy – busy enough to feel as if the pool was viable and making money, but not so busy that it disrupted the swim.

1 down, 21 to go.

1st mile at Bingham completed.

1st mile at Bingham completed.

Don’t forget, you can sponsor me here – Just Giving

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It starts today…

Screenshot 2015-08-26 14.08.43Today is the start of the Aspire Channel Challenge – asking people to swim the English Channel (22 miles), but in their local pool, to raise money for people affected by spinal cord injury. And I’m doing it.

Although I’ve decided to add a twist to it as I want to do the 22 miles in 22 days in 22 different venues. Put simply, that’s a mile a day in a different pool or lake for 22 days. I’m starting today with a lunchtime swim in Bingham Leisure Centre.

I’d really appreciate it if you were able to spare a few quid, you can sponsor me here.

And good luck to everyone taking part.

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Aspire Channel Challenge

I very rarely ask for your money. But I’m going to mention this right up front – this time I am: https://www.justgiving.com/patrickJPRaspire/.

Screenshot 2015-08-26 14.08.43I’m going to be taking part in the Aspire Channel Challenge – it’s a great idea for a swimming challenge as it asks people to swim the equivalent distance of the English Channel in their local pool. By making it a channel crossing people have a clear target to aim for and it is both a real stretch target, yet an achievable goal.

The challenge officially starts on Sept 14th and lasts for 12 weeks (finishing on Dec 7th).

For me, the swimming shouldn’t be too difficult, so I’ve decided to spice it up a bit:

I’m aiming to do the 22 miles in 22 days in 22 different pools.

I’ll be honest, this extended challenge was inspired by two main sources:

  • The first was Sally Goble’s epic 50 miles in 50 days in London. I was lucky enough to join her for one of those swims and the idea of exploring new pools and therefore having new swimming experiences every day was very inspirational.
  • The second is the fact that my company is doing some work to help promote this challenge, so I wanted to do something a bit more exciting.

What this means though, is that the logistics of the challenge will become the hardest thing for me. I live in a rural location and am lucky enough to have one great pool nearby, but no others for miles. I will spend a lot of time driving into (and through the other side) of central Nottingham early in the morning to find a lane swimming slot to be able to do a mile in.

To do this, I’m going to have to set myself some rules. Obviously I want to complete the 22 in 22 in 22 and make them all local pools, but I also have a life to live and a business to run – for example I know I have to be in London for a couple of days during the challenge.


  • I will start on September 14th
  • I will allow myself up to 3 days off swimming – so it could take up to 25 days. However these days off will only be allowed because of logistics, not laziness or tiredness on my account
  • I will swim on my London days and so not all the pools will be local
  • I am allowed to use my local pool up to 3 times – so I may only swim in 20 different pools (trying to get a close to 22 days is more important to me that 22 different pools) – looking at it, weekends will be tough, but I know my local pool has sessions on both Saturdays and Sundays
  • I will pay for all entry fees personally and if any pool offers me free entry I will add it to the fundraising total

So please, do support me here – https://www.justgiving.com/patrickJPRaspire/


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Swimming the channel

Taken from my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/patrickJPRaspire

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Thank you for taking the time to visit my page.

Starting in September I’ll be swimming 22 miles – the equivalent of swimming across the English Channel – to raise money for people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

Every eight hours someone is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. It can happen to anyone at any time, and there is currently no cure. Every pound that I raise means that Aspire can provide practical help to a spinal injured person, allowing them to live a more independent life, so please donate as much as you can and help make a difference.

Although I’m a swimmer, this is still a challenge, but to make it ever harder for myself I plan to swim 1 mile per day over 22 days in 22 different local pools. I suspect that this will be a logistics challenge as much as a swimming one.

I’m also working with Aspire to help raise the profile of this event, but will be doing the challenge and hoping to raise money as a regular participant.

I’d be grateful for your support.

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Aspire does great work, so I’d love your support.

But as I mentioned, I’m also working with them to raise the profile of this event to pools and leisure centres. If you want to persuade your local pool to get more involved in the challenge please let me know (you can do it without their direct involvement though – just swim!).


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More Arch to Arc

I’ve mentioned the amazing Arch to Arc challenge that someone I’m honoured to call a friend recently completed. Well, here’s some more.

I met Paul on the SwimTrek trip out to Mallorca and while I used that as the foundation to [badly] complete Windermere this year Paul was not only training to swim the channel, but run from London Dover before the swim and cycle from Calais to Paris after it – a combination of madness and extremely inspirational.

Anyway, during all the training and the challenge itself Paul had a photographer from Reuters follow him and take some amazing photos. Like this one:

You can read more about Paul’s journey (and Neil’s the photographer) here or here – and I urge you to do so.

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Paul is listed as “the oldest person to complete the race” – he’s 49. Because I’m a bit crazy like that, part of me reads that and says, “right then, a target for my 50th!” We’ll see…

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Arch to Arc

I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a friend taking on the immense challenge that is the Arch to Arc. As he describes it on his Just Giving page:

“I will attempt the world’s most difficult triathlon – The Arch to Arc.  I will run 87 miles from Marble Arch to Dover. Within 48 hours of beginning that run I will attempt to swim the English Channel solo. On completion of that I will then cycle the 180 miles to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.  It is a huge undertaking: You may think that an 87 mile run is a challenge but it pales into insignificance compared to the enormity of swimming the English Channel.  That is like climbing Everest with a fridge on your back! To date, only 13 people have completed the task –  one more than has stood on the moon. In September I will be the oldest person to attempt the Challenge at the grand old age of 49.”

It’s almost too much to even contemplate for us mere mortals.

Well, the challenge will start this weekend (weather dependent) and so this post is my way of wishing him good luck and pushing you to his Just Giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/PaulParrishArch2Arc/. There will also be a tracker that can be found on the Enduroman homepage and will be activated once Paul starts.

You can read about Paul’s training on his blog here.

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Arch to Arc

One of the guys I met on my recent training trip in Mallorca is clearly a bit mad – he’s signed up to do an absolutely crazy challenge called the Arch to Arc. I’ll let him describe it in his own words:

“The Arch to Arc is the world’s hardest triathlon.  It begins at Marble Arch on September 15th with an 87 mile run down to Dover.  I will then plunge into the sea and swim the 22 miles of the English Channel (this, in itself, is one of the world’s hardest swims).  If I get to Calais I will then cycle the 180 miles to the Arc de Triomphe.  Only 13 people have completed the event.  At the time of writing I will be the oldest person to have attempted this.”

You can see what I mean about being a bit mad. However, there’s a very good reason why he’s doing it:

I’m raising money for the wonderful charity at which I work, Aspire.  The people we help, paralysed by spinal cord injury, would love to have the privileges that we have.  I, in particular, count my blessings and see each day what a privileged life I lead.  Even contemplating the Arch 2 Arc is an honour.  I do hope that you can make all of this worthwhile for Aspire and also for me. “

Not only is this an amazing challenge, but I have a friend that has personally benefited from Aspire to help her rebuild her life after a terrible spinal injury. Please do support Paul here – http://www.justgiving.com/PaulParrishArch2Arc

And if you want to read more about his journey, then check out his blog.

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