Mike's 2 Mile Windermere Great North Swim

14/05/2017 Michael PRESTON

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On Friday the 9th June (not far away), I will be donning my shorty wetsuit and attempting to swim 2 miles in open water. That's 3.2Km and I've no idea what the temperature is going to be! Hopefully I'll be able to get a practice in at Salford Quays but in the meantime I'll be making sure I can at least do the distance

I am attempting the swim to raise money to support the Violet Stephens Memorial Fund, details of which can be found at

http://violet-stephens.muchloved.com/

or on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/violetstephensfund/?pnref=story

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Michael Preston

10/06/2017
Here's how I will replenish my calories with local food from local shops 😉

Michael Preston

10/06/2017
Emilia and Matilda kick me out of the podium completely 🤣

Michael Preston

10/06/2017
Tilly photobombing my moment 😊

Michael Preston

10/06/2017
About to start

Michael Preston

10/06/2017
So finally back home with WiFi and 4g all available again. Swim went well but it was cold and I lost a bit of time by swimming off course. Amazing place to swim when you come up for air and the water doesn't smack you in the face there's a nice view ;-). Thanks for all the sponsorship. Screenshot to prove I finished. can only add one photo at a time though.

Michael Preston

08/06/2017
More preparations with a nutritional meal at Beatrix Potter café.

Michael Preston

01/06/2017
Final outdoor practice. Swim is 1 week tomorrow. Despite it looking like a nice evening, was colder tonight. Still can't feel 2 of my toes!

Michael Preston

28/05/2017
Another practice swim this morning. Road closures for Manchester 10k made it a bit more interesting but got there eventually. Did 2.5 km and this time only spent 10 minutes in the shower to warm up. Photo was just after getting out hence a bit of grimacing. Facial hair in progress :-P

Michael Preston

21/05/2017
Practice this morning to clear the mind at Salford Quays. Swam 2k in temperature of 14.2 degrees at 8.30 in the morning! Still shivering after 20 minutes in a shower. Decided I will be attempting to grow a beard to help keep my face warm :-)

Michael Preston

14/05/2017
So tonight I tried on my wetsuit for the first time in nearly a year, it fits at least (as you can see in the cheesy pic) and I give it an outing by swimming at grand central Stockport wearing it. I didn't wear the socks!