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The power of the press

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/

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Health and Safety nonsense

I had a moan about this on Facebook last night, but I’m gonna have another one here.

Fun finsYesterday my new fins arrived. The fins I had ordered specifically because my new coach had suggested that I use some to help with a couple of drills – I need to focus on correcting the arms and shoulders, so the fins help to provide more propulsion meaning that I can concentrate on the technique of the arms and not ‘swimming’. I was excited. Not only was it a new toy to play with, but I could do the drills I’d been assigned and make some well needed improvements.

A gentle warm up complete and I put the fins on for the first time ever. I was intending to do a few lengths with them to get used to them before I started the drills. However I’d only completed my 4th length when one of the lifeguards stopped me to tell me I wasn’t allowed to wear them. She didn’t seem to know why, just that it was policy, so I asked to speak to the manager. He came to the pool a few minutes later, but again couldn’t tell me why they were banned, quoting the obligatory ‘health & safety’.

I asked to see the documents – what I really wanted was for them to show me how it was a health and safety risk, but this is what he gave me See 6.2.1):

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

I’m pretty sure that this isn’t available to see anywhere on the pool’s website. So the only way I knew they were not allowed is to be specifically told by a lifeguard – yet all other types of equipment is allowed and I’ve seen someone using a snorkel.

To say I’m a bit pissed off about is an understatement.

I’d love to know if there are any reports or research documents that look at this issue – do you know of any?


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