Swim Serpentine: Here's why I'm swimming across one of London's famous lakes for charity
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Last weekend, Mo Farah cemented his reputation as the greatest British athlete of all time as he claimed gold in the men’s 10,000m, becoming the first athlete ever to win 10 consecutive global track titles.

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But while you’re supposed to be filled with a sense of all-consuming wonder at the whole thing, my thoughts were somewhere else entirely.

It just looked hard. Bloody hard. Too hard.

All considered, this far from can-do approach is the precise reason why I’ve never been good at sport, and why I’ve come to happily accept that fact.

My running technique, for example, can only be likened to that of a elderly dog as it tries in vain to escape the uncompromising barrel of a farmer’s shotgun, and I’m totally fine with this.

Swim Serpentine: Here's why I'm swimming across one of London's famous lakes for charity
The first Swim Serpentine took place in 2016 (Picture: Swim Serpentine)

Occasionally though, there’s a slight bit of dogged ambition that slips out, and it’s the precise reason why I’ve signed up for Swim Serpentine in September.

Against all odds, I’ll be attempting to haul my sorry carcass across one of London’s most iconic lakes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The latest statistics show that almost 1,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day, and Macmillan do incredible work in supporting those affected during one of the toughest battles that they’ll ever face.

In the run up to the big day on 16 September, I’ll be using this page to keep you updated with my training, which will inevitably consist of realising that I’m gloriously unfit and hideously unprepared for the Phelpsian battle that lies ahead.

Until then, I’d be massively grateful if you wanted to donate. My JustGiving page is here and it’s sure to make the training a whole lot easier, while also providing you with a whole load of good karma too.

Next up though, it’s the challenge of tackling open water for the first time ever. I’m freezing already.

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