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Series Two – Spring 2021 ONWARDS

Episode 4 – The Mind

Hunter and Vicki delve into The Mind. The mind can be your best friend and your worst enemy on a long swim. It can soothe and wash away your troubles; it can also disrupt and ruin your flow.

In this episode we meet Cliff Golding; after 5 years and 6 failed attempts Cliff finally tamed his demons and successfully crossed the English Channel – he tells us his secret. Sarah Kennedy Norquoy lives in the Orkney isles and tells us how swimming helped her recover from grief and we catch up with Mental Health Swims about raising mental health awareness. Plus we speak to two Paralympian’s about their mental health journeys in the lead up to Tokyo.


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Longer versions of some interviews :

Above a longer version of the interview with Sarah Kennedy Norquoy
Here is Sarah’s book which you can order from most booksellers
Above a longer version of the interview with Rachel Ashe and Omie Dale from Mental Health Swims
Here is the link to their website

Episode 3 – JOURNEYS

Vicki and Mikey explore Journeys

We hear from Cath Pendleton, who holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Southerly Ice Swim (female) in Antarctica, but also likes Mermaiding and chitty chatting.  Mikey leaps out of his sound booth to present this week and speaks to Sal Minty-Gravett, the oldest woman to do a 2-way English Channel swim. John Coningham-Rolls from SwimQuest tells us all about his passion for empowering people to start their swimming journey and stop punching below their weight. Pier to Pier’s are featured and Hunter tells his story of swimming to the Buoy.


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Longer versions of some interviews :

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Longer version of the Interview with Cath Pendleton– The Merthyr Mermaid

Here is the link to her BBC TV programme The Merthyr Mermaid – available in the UK

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Longer version of the Interview with John Coningham-Rolls

Here is the link to the beautiful SwimQuest site

Episode 2 – THE ENVIRONMENT

Vicki and Fiona – our guest presenter – explore The Environment.

We hear from Owen Hayman, a man who loves swimming in Reservoirs, on his mission to open up more water for us all to swim in whilst being kind to the environment. We catch up again with Calum McLean in the highlands of Scotland who finds awe in this magnificent scenery and is desperate to preserve it. We also bring you reports about the health of the sea from Papua New Guinea, a re-wilding project from East London and a Channel swimmer with a passion for collecting litter. Plus loads of ideas for great environmental projects to follow.


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Longer versions of some interviews :

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Longer version of the Interview with Owen Hayman of SOUP – Sheffield Outdoor Swimmers
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Longer version of the interview with Abigail Woodman from East London Waterworks Project
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Longer version of the interview with Halani Foulsham Channel swimmer and plastic collector.

Top sites for this edition 

Episode 1 – UNCERTAINTY

Everything has been so uncertain! We hear from Jaimie Monahan doyenne of Ice swimming, about how she coped. We catch up with Steve and Norma talking about their fabulous Webinar which kept us entertained
and Emma France from Dover Channel Training about how to cope with the uncertainty that IS the English Channel


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Links and long versions are here:

Jaimie Monahan long version of interview

Find out more about Jaimie Monahan

Steve and Norma long version of interview

Find out more about Immersive Hebridies – Norma’s swimming holiday company
and there are links to the Webinars there
Find out more about H2O Training – Steve’s Watersport site

Emma France Long version of interview

Find out more about Emma France and Dover Channel Training

Also the link to the Immersive Experience in your very own bathroom with Sylvia Mercuriali

Series One – Spring 2020 to Winter 2020

Episode 8 – ICE

It’s ICY out there, so we went in search of the Ice Swimmers. We hear from Jaimie Monaghan doyenne of Ice swimming, Ram Barkai who set up International Ice Swimming Association and Rostislav Vitek the fastest ice miler. We also meet Attila Manyoki, the fastest man to complete the Oceans Seven challenge who was hospitalised with hypothermia.

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The beautiful Attila film “Oceans Seven – The Hell of the North” can be found here
Sarah Kennedy Norquoy’s “Salt on my Skin” book is available from bookshops or here in the UK

Episode 7 – The Wellness Factor

We cast our net far and near. Finding happy swimmers donning Burkinis in Sydney and wetsuits in Lake Geneva. Plus we visit top London swim spots at Hampstead and the Serpentine.
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Bonus Audio: Hunter and Vicki discuss their journeys and the part Channel swimming has played in their lives.

Episode 6 – The Pioneers

A veritable history of swimming, including Beowulf’s sea adventures and celebration of the true pioneers of open water swimming who have smashed down gender and racial stereotypes. Plus the history of the Speedo and the swimming professor.

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Episode 5 – The Adventurers

Learn all about Maelstroms with a Wild Brother, amazing endurance feats from women and a knife wielding Crocodile Dundee. Also sea swimming tips from Dan and what swimmers do for their 70th birthday treat.

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Episode 4 – The Lifesavers

Find out about a charity which is saving Cambodian children from drowning. The RNLI give us some home truths about staying safe and the extraordinary story of an Icelandic Fisherman who took 6 hours to swim to shore after his boat sank and his colleagues drowned.

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Episode 3 – The Limits of Obsession
What does it take to swim the Channel 34 times? Why would anyone swim across the treacherous Pentland Firth (Otherwise known as Hell’s Mouth)? One thing we found out this episode is that takes a lot more than just grit! 

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Episode 2 – Stepping Back into the Water

After the lockdown, how are people like Keri-anne Payne and Calum Maclean getting back to swimming

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Episode 1 – The English Channel

Hunter Charlton interviews Sarah Thomas who made a historic 4-way Channel crossing in 2019. And Vicki Carter talks to Freda Streeter MBE, celebrated trainer of hundreds of Channel swimmers.

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