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Swimming the North Channel in December, or.... hoax?
edited February 2013
Wow. Seems unbelievable. I am suspect when someone doesn't offer up observer reports or video or...
December?! This guy has taken things to a whole new level. By which I mean that, while I've heard of playing April Fool's Day pranks on March 31st to get the jump on the wary, I've never heard of anyone starting in December!
Next, I suppose, you'll be telling me Earth persons have walked on the moon!
I'm not very popular around here; but I'm huge in Edinburgh!
Carl Sagan said,
extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence
edited February 2013
If this is, as I suspect, a somewhat less-than-reality-based claim, one has to appreciate the effort that went into creating the fake Twitter stream & GPS coordinates
One also notes the curious absence of things normally associated with Twitter streams of real channel swims - e.g., photos of the swimmer in the water, with contextual cues.
(Notes on below: Read in reverse chronological order; @ Replies, dates, etc. have been stripped for readability.)
Thinking about calling it a night....thinking.....decided. Come on legs, few more steps and we're there! Night all! #stillfeelinggood
That short moment of worry when you think "Did I leave my speedos at the hotel?" Luckily they reemerged at the bottom of my bag! #standdown
An evening of total lazy loafing ahead. Oh yes!
Some trivia facts about yesterday, it was 28.8 miles, 1854 lengths of a standard pool, burned additional 9,919 calories and chased the sun.
Time approaching when I leave to head south. Thank you #NorthernIreland and #Scotland for your hospitality and #IrishSea for not killing me.
Morning morning. This is the real me reporting dead leg, dead arm....dead everything but i was v touched by messages of support. Thank you.
Couldn't resist. Darren never sleeps & never leaves whisky in the glass...till today! Signing off #GallowayChannel pic.twitter.com/5uSXX3hv
Darren will be back with you tomorrow but for now thank you for all your support and messages. They meant a lot to him #GallowayChannel
He's done it! 28 miles in 15h16m. Average speed 1.89 mph and a maximum of 1.98mph. Both personal bests #GallowayChannel
Donations towards Darren's challenge, being split amongst military charities, can be made online at
shows effect of tide and fatigue setting in. Some minor course corrections during the day! #GallowayChannel
26 miles and can see land. Darren has somehow sped up to 1.92 mph. Average up slightly to 1.87mph. (54.8105786,-5.1891052) #GallowayChannel
Sorry all, I did a disservice to Darren in my last update, Darren was 21 miles with 8 to go. Don't tell him! #GallowayChannel
Darren is 19 miles in now, 8 miles to go. Boat lamp is on. Average 1.85mph, currently 1.84mph. (54.7979142,-5.325448) #GallowayChannel
Asked for sunset picture, this is best we could muster. Darren has slowed to 1.89mph but still A-OK #GallowayChannel pic.twitter.com/8os8Dryy
Any openwater swimmers will know this is critical point; Darren is tiring, light fading and temperature will start falling. #GallowayChannel
LiveTrack has updated with photos. Unlikely to get many more as light is fading.
Sunset upon us. Darren on average of 1.85mph and has hit 1.97mph. He is tiring but not giving up (54.7979142, -5.4223523) #GallowayChannel
Darren's right shoulder is feeling tight. Giving us some concern. He seems ok to continue but we're keeping an eye on him #GallowayChannel
Darren is now more than halfway across and still in good spirits. So far so good but the sea is becoming a little choppier! #GallowayChannel
If you have any questions or messages for Darren, please reply to this as we will pass them on at his feeding stops. #GallowayChannel
We hope you're enjoying a Sunday dinner. Darren has just enjoyed a sweet warm tea and we gave him a banana. Aren't we kind? #GallowayChannel
LiveTrack is available here
. We are tagging photos with some of the GPS updates. #GallowayChannel
Darren slowing to 1.94 mph but his average up to 1.82mph. He is approaching the halfway point. (54.7955392, -5.5027771) #GallowayChannel
Darren is on autopliot. We can tell because we're having to splash a rod in front to get his attention #GallowayChannel pic.twitter.com/otbO2Wzw
Darren going strong at 1.95mph, average up 1.80mph. He is so focused he nearly went the wrong way (54.7899969, -5.5233765) #GallowayChannel
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Darren hoped to swim into Loch Ryan but as the safety team we have instructed him that it will finish at Portpatrick. #GallowayChannel
Darren is averaging 1.77 mph which is up 0.32 mph from #BristolChannel. At the moment he is 1.93 mph - a personal best. #GallowayChannel
Waved goodbye to Northern Ireland and are on to Stranraer. We've put some pictures on the LiveTrack (54.770593, -5.5426025) #GallowayChannel
Coming alongside the ferry lanes where we will stay until we bid farewell to Northern Ireland. (54.6952654, -5.7348633) #GallowayChannel
Pictures of Darren once we get a little more light. As for conditions, not too bad at the moment but I'm not in there! #GallowayChannel
Good morning. Darren has just joined up with the boat and #GallowayChannel attempt is underway (54.6797861,-5.7413864). Anyone else up?
Calling it a night. I'm being "ordered" to bed. Martin will takeover tweeting duty in the morning. #GallowayChannel #Channels4Heroes
Forecast:- Temp 7-8 (4 /wind chill), sea state 2-3, wind 3-4. Showers expected late afternoon. Not bad. #GallowayChannel #Channels4Heroes
In #Belfast - technically just outside - ready and buzzing for the swim tomorrow.
Guess we will know for sure when he swims at Cork?
It's funny how such a mammoth swim was not brought to everyones attention prior to the crossing. I know I would have loved to follow his alleged progress. Also, anyone with any previous open water experience would know to have the crossing independently adjudicated.
Did this guy ever accept the Cork invite?
edited March 2013
He did the crossing faster than DN.
And all without shark divers, sting-suit, jellyfish expert and bugle blasting at the start.
- Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!