View From Above – By Camilla Golledge

The channel and me -View from above - Crew and support swimmer for Sophie Etheridge - Adaptive Athlete 21st/22nd/23rd August 2023. The lead up to me being invited as crew was, as expected, a bumpy one. I’m not sure what you believe in, but I know that many things happen for a reason, divine intervention … Continue reading View From Above – By Camilla Golledge

STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 4

I was pretty sure my feeds no longer had anything nutritious in them, it was just warm squash. I hadn't planned for 29 hours of swimming, I planned for 23 at the absolute maximum, thinking I would only be in for 18 or 19 hours. I was starting to run on empty, the only benefit … Continue reading STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 4

STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 3

I noticed the sun was starting to get lower and for me, that is when my swim really started. I knew I couldn’t be far off the time when I should have been nearly in France or getting out/landing, but France still looked miles away, and I couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong.

STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 2

As I watched the sunrise it was a huge mental boost. I had got through the night and since I was expecting to finish late afternoon, I knew the rest of the swim would be in the light with the sunshine on my back. My only concern was last year during my relay swim, when … Continue reading STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 2

STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 1

On Sunday 20th August, whilst at Folkestone Air show I got the call I had been waiting for. My swim was going to be the following day - Monday 21st August 2023.  On the day of my swim Mike arrived at lunch time, this was so we had plenty of time to get all my feeding stuff … Continue reading STA Channel Swim 2023 Part 1

How it all began…

Setting off just after midnight on Sea Satin, a familiar feeling from my relay swim with The Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards channel relay last year. This time, it was different, it was me swimming and me alone.  Sea Satin The dream of swimming the English Channel started as a teenager in Hastings, I was part of … Continue reading How it all began…

Cornwall, Day 5 – The Magic of Night Swimming

Something I have always loved is night swimming, be it in the river, lake or sea; there is nothing else like it and you’ll only understand it if you have done it but I will try to explain. When it is completely dark and you’re entering the water it makes you use your other senses as … Continue reading Cornwall, Day 5 – The Magic of Night Swimming

STA June Blog

If I thought May was busy, June was even worse, or better depending on how you look at it!  June has been all about distance, time, and consistency, over the month I swam an incredible 80km. The month started with a few days off because it was my birthday, but I was back on it with … Continue reading STA June Blog

The Qualifier

On Sunday morning we had to get up a little earlier than the previous day because we had to check out of the hotel before we left for the beach, thankfully we could leave our suitcases at the hotel till later!  I woke up rested and with a few nerves but SO excited to have … Continue reading The Qualifier

Dover Day 2

Saturday morning came round much quicker than I wanted so when my alarm clock went off, I snoozed it. My sisters alarm went off and she snoozed it, my alarm went off again and I turned it off, pulled the duvet up and turned over trying to go back to sleep. Sadly (sort of), my … Continue reading Dover Day 2