Sean Conway becomes first to swim length of UK

What an amazing feat – a 900 mile, four month swim.  The physicality alone is awesome but all that time alone with nothing to see but water must have been mental torture.  Congratulations Sean Conway.  So what’s your next challenge?sean conway

 

the Swim

Left, right, left, breathe
Right, left, right, breathe.
Scything the water, leaving wake,
heaving lungs sigh each intake of breath.
Strong and fresh, fired to believe.

Left, right, left, breathe
Right, left, right, breathe.
Lactic limbs in sympathy,
mind trepanned in empathy,
isolation’s mask conceived.

Left, right, left, breathe
Right, left, right, breathe.
Count the strokes, make the yards,
each day’s first mile is not so hard
but water’s lash has no reprieve.

Left, right, left, breathe
Right, left, right, breathe.
The minutes pass, the hours last,
the days roll on in montone,
the weeks, the months all flatter to deceive.

Left, right, left, breathe
Right, left, right, breathe.
The siren-waters sing and lull the wearied mind,
the jellies sting but pain’s left far behind.
Piqued memories in emptiness perceived.

Left, right, left, breathe
Right, left, right, breathe.
The final crystal-waters crawl
through drifting skiffs to John O’Groats harbour wall.
The champagne mists the accolade received.

11th November 2013 – headline from the Guardian

Notes:  “Sean Conway becomes first to swim length of UK.”  An adventurer has made history by completing a marathon swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats, the most northerly point of the UK mainland.  He swam around 10 miles a day and slept on a yacht or in accommodation onshore.  He told BBC Breakfast: “No one’s ever done it and that sort of got me thinking, considering Land’s End to John O’Groats is such an iconic route. Then, as soon as people told me I was going to die or that is wasn’t possible, I just thought: ‘I’m going to prove you wrong’.

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