As I’ve blogged about before, I recently completed the Aspire Channel Challenge – 22 miles of swimming to replicate a channel crossing. The Aspire challenge allows you 12 weeks to complete it, but I did it in 22 days.
Since completing it I’ve had a couple of articles in the local press. This one in the Nottingham Post and then this one (below) in our village paper, the Bramley.
Since it appeared in the paper I’ve had eight people make a point of mentioning to me that they had seen it. And don’t forget that we live in a small village, I don’t go out much and this was ‘just’ the local free paper. And that’s the people who have told me they’ve seen it – how many others must have also read it.
I’m not sure I’ll be invited to turn on next year’s Xmas lights because of it, but it does mean more exposure for Aspire. And as a PR professional it’s great to see the power of the press in action.
And don’t forget, you can still sponsor me for the swim here: https://www.justgiving.com/patrickJPRaspire/
For the first time in 23 days I won’t be swimming today.
For the last 22 days I have swum a mile each day as part of my Aspire Channel Swim. I have now landed in France and so I’m taking the day off to enjoy the cheese and wine. (Unfortunately for me, this is as true as the fact that I’ve actually swum the channel – but I have swum 22 miles).
For me the swimming was never going to the big challenge – I’ve actually swum no less than a mile each day, but often more and have averaged at just over 2km per day – however the logistics and repetition of it were a big challenge. No matter what else I’ve been doing I’ve had to make time for a swim every day. And of course to make it harder for myself I’ve tried to do it in a different venue every day – what an idiot!
Anyway, it’s done now. I’ll post more about it later, as despite what sounds like a moan I’ve really enjoyed it.
In the meantime I’ve been featured in my local paper, so you can read the article in the Nottingham Post.
And of course, it’s not too late to sponsor me.
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:
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.