Welcome, formerly known as 'Salford Swim Swim'. This is a Manchester blog about running and swimming and random stuff. Oh and mental health, it is good to be mentally healthy. Which we of course are not.......so if you're not too then check this out.........Moodswings
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
In a moment of post holiday bliss I did something silly, I've signed up for the Warrington Half Marathon in September. Mostly cause my mate Matty is doing it and I hate being left out, I am clearly a massive 'FOMO' - as my mate kimbo would say. And yeah, I want to beat him. And yeah, I will probably get my ass kicked again but you've got to try right?
So yeah, it was silly. I don't think I am going to officially run for charity yet cause we have squeezed a heck of a lot of money out of you folks. The whole point of the blog was to raise more money but I want to leave it open for people to donate if they want cause Moodswings need the pennies.
I''ve put a nifty voting button at the top of the page. Which ever gets the most votes wins - so get cracking on your one click.
When I asked Kath about a half marathon she promptly told me to 'eff off' but you never know she may change her mind? Maybe I could just get her to blog anyway? Kath???
Thursday, 19 May 2011
and super big spanking thanks to Mags who kindly took these pictures
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Wednesday, 18 May 2011
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Moodswings is an award winning Manchester based Charity founded in 1999 to help people recover from mood problems and the severe emotional distress they can cause.
Mood problems can range from periods of severe anxiety or depression to episodes of high and low mood. The effects on education, employment, relationships and family life can be devastating.
The work of the Charity is based on a belief that people can recover from severe mood problems and move on to lead happier and fuller lives.
From its centre in Manchester, Moodswings reaches out across the Nth. West and beyond with a message of real hope and optimism for individuals and their families and friends.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Well, reader, I did it.
This is me avoiding doing the warm up exercises at the start....
And me dreaming of getting to Pizza Express...
And me swimming, with soundtrack provided by my loyal fans... I'm the one at the front, in case you had to ask.
And me, having finished it. I did it in 38 minutes, which is considerably less time than I thought it would take.
Thanks to everyone for their support. Particularly Moodswings.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
1st place. Kath Henderson with 38 mins on the nose
2nd place. Sam Ward with 40 mins and 15 seconds
We smashed our target which was 45 mins, we could have swam in the sub 50 wave. Who would have thumped it?!?
Thanks to you folk for your generous donations and kind words.
Thanks to all you fella's and lasses who have been reading our blog from all over the world including the US, Italy, Singapore, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UAE, Belarus, Israel, Switzerland and many more.
We are now pizza'd up, hypothermic, stinking like cold poo soup and still sticky from neck lube. what a day!
p.s. get well soon major tom
Well, today's the day. Oh good.
I've carried out my last minute preparations.
1) I had my hair cut yesterday. Admittedly it's likely that I'll be wearing a minging bright yellow swimming hat in any photos, but please remember that underneath my hair is sleek and immaculately styled.
2) Took yesterday off exercising. Somebody told me I should take it easy in the run up to the event and I followed this advice to the letter. Admittedly it was Sam, who wants nothing more than to beat me. Not that anybody but Sam has any doubt that she will, by a margin of anything up to two weeks. She is younger, fitter and, fairly crucially, knows how to swim. I think having swimming lessons beforehand is cheating personally.
Oh, dear, how did that picture of Sam get in there again?
3) Ate my own bodyweight in takeaway curry last night. This will build up my muscles and will not make me sink and drown. If I say it enough times it'll make it true.
4) Distracted myself by watching Eurovision with some friends. My first sober Eurovision - surely the biggest milestone yet. Where is Azerbajan anyway? Moldova - you were robbed.
5) Just off now to breakfast on low fat yoghurt, dried fruit and seeds. And maybe a chocolate Hobnob flapjack, or even two.
Sooooo looking forward to the end! Off for pizza in Pizza Express afterwards. I'm even going to eat the crusts.
Massive amounts of luck to Sam! And thank you so much to everyone who has sponsored us. We are stunned by how much has been raised - people have been so generous. I hope you all know you don't get it back if I drown.
Tom from Moodswings pointed out that in previous times I would have been pretty much permanently drunk in the run up to this swim. He is wrong - see it does happen. I wouldn't have been doing the swim at all. So thanks Tom, and Moodswings. This is all your fault.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
I am very, very scared. I have had some bad karma today and I am not feeling great. some girl robbed my purse out of my bag last night and everything has gone downhill since then.
to make matters worse i have a massive headache. it'll be fine though, WON'T IT. Tell me it will be fine, please.
so this has spooked me....
If anyone fancies coming to watch you need to head down to Salford Quays for midday. The Manchester 10K is also running so it's a great day for sport. A lot of the roads will be closed so I recommend you get the tram and take the "Harbour City" stop as the start of the swim is right next to Media City.
Good luck to all those running, I am sad to miss it this year. And super luck to little Sarah Leechy who is running the Lempster Half Marathon tomorrow, sorry Leominster Half.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
What was rubbish was I asked the Uswim folk how much they sold their goggles for - £15. Are you having a laugh, I bought my super duper ones for 8 quid. So they kindly said they would lend me a pair from the lost property.
She only went and gave me a pair of kids goggles didn't she, which cut the blood supply off to the bridge of my nose which means I now have a dead nose and a little bruise in between my eyes which I have had to cover which very thick super Mac make up. And everything went blurry in them.
Dave, the coach guy who gave Kath the useful swimming/dancing tips very kindly saw I was struggling and gave me another pair which were wonderful - and I could see in (I kept on swimming into walls and people in the others). What a nice guy I thought and helpful. Ahhhhh
So, the BBC were there last night filming. If you saw Northwest tonight you may have caught a glimpse of Kath or my tiny little heads in the far distance.Here's the link - there is no way to tell which one is us. I would like to claim I was the show off who dove in but I don't know how to dive.
Click here if you want to watch - see it is effing freezing and looks it. You can drag the little play thing at the bottom until you see water. You will also get to see Dave.
Kath fancies Tony Livesey, I think I do as well. He's very tall and he looks nails.
Kath and I swam loads last night, we even swam under the bridge and round. I think I did just under 2k, I couldn't tell you how far Kath did as she bolted off as soon as she hit the water. Mumbling something about dancing or swimming, something angry anyway.
So last night was a reasonable success, I was really cold. Some other ginger guy told me he had to get out because he got 'lock jaw'. I couldn't stand up straight after I got out and fell completely over trying to put my tights on in the tent. It took 4 attempts, at last I realised if I sit down then I won't fall over. Then one of the channel swimmers told me that your balance gets all messed up when you swim on 3 and you get disorientated - damn right. I can stand straighter after 6 shots of sambuca.
My Mum thought this was hilarious of course and laughed at me. She also told me when I was in the water one of the lads accidently went in the girls changing tent and got heckled and laughed at. He was much more embarrassed she said.
I'm going to miss Dave. I don't know what Kath's problem is, I also dance like I swim and it works fine for me. In fact I like to think I am dancing in the water - yeah graceful. Just like this.....
YEAH, dancing in your chair is the best when your so drunk you stood out in terrential rain and don't actually care that your hair is like a birds nest.
3 days to go - sh!t.
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