Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Swimming the North Channel in December, or.... hoax? - Marathon Swimmers Forum Toggle navigation Marathon Swimmers Forum Sign In Swimming the North Channel in December, or.... hoax? evmo Admin February 2013 edited February 2013 in General Discussion http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/02/darren-jaundrill-unlikely-swimmer.html Tagged: north-channel Like Comments IronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member February 2013 Wow. Seems unbelievable. I am suspect when someone doesn't offer up observer reports or video or... http://marathonswimmers.org/blogs/ironmike Like Walter Member February 2013 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! Like loneswimmer Admin February 2013 Carl Sagan said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. http://www.loneswimmer.com Like evmo Admin February 2013 Relevant:http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/360/responding-to-unaccredited-claims-of-marathon-swims Like evmo Admin February 2013 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! #stillfeelinggoodThat short moment of worry when you think "Did I leave my speedos at the hotel?" Luckily they reemerged at the bottom of my bag! #standdownAn 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/5uSXX3hvDarren will be back with you tomorrow but for now thank you for all your support and messages. They meant a lot to him #GallowayChannelHe's done it! 28 miles in 15h16m. Average speed 1.89 mph and a maximum of 1.98mph. Both personal bests #GallowayChannel http://darrenjaundrill.me.uk/?page_id=227 Donations towards Darren's challenge, being split amongst military charities, can be made online at http://darrenjaundrill.me.uk/?page_id=227 #GallowayChannelLiveTrack http://darrenjaundrill.me.uk/?page_id=227 shows effect of tide and fatigue setting in. Some minor course corrections during the day! #GallowayChannel26 miles and can see land. Darren has somehow sped up to 1.92 mph. Average up slightly to 1.87mph. (54.8105786,-5.1891052) #GallowayChannelSorry all, I did a disservice to Darren in my last update, Darren was 21 miles with 8 to go. Don't tell him! #GallowayChannelDarren is 19 miles in now, 8 miles to go. Boat lamp is on. Average 1.85mph, currently 1.84mph. (54.7979142,-5.325448) #GallowayChannelAsked for sunset picture, this is best we could muster. Darren has slowed to 1.89mph but still A-OK #GallowayChannel pic.twitter.com/8os8DryyAny openwater swimmers will know this is critical point; Darren is tiring, light fading and temperature will start falling. #GallowayChannelLiveTrack has updated with photos. Unlikely to get many more as light is fading. http://darrenjaundrill.me.uk/?page_id=227 #GallowayChannelSunset upon us. Darren on average of 1.85mph and has hit 1.97mph. He is tiring but not giving up (54.7979142, -5.4223523) #GallowayChannelDarren's right shoulder is feeling tight. Giving us some concern. He seems ok to continue but we're keeping an eye on him #GallowayChannelDarren is now more than halfway across and still in good spirits. So far so good but the sea is becoming a little choppier! #GallowayChannelIf you have any questions or messages for Darren, please reply to this as we will pass them on at his feeding stops. #GallowayChannelWe 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? #GallowayChannelLiveTrack is available here http://darrenjaundrill.me.uk/?page_id=227 . We are tagging photos with some of the GPS updates. #GallowayChannelDarren slowing to 1.94 mph but his average up to 1.82mph. He is approaching the halfway point. (54.7955392, -5.5027771) #GallowayChannelDarren is on autopliot. We can tell because we're having to splash a rod in front to get his attention #GallowayChannel pic.twitter.com/otbO2WzwDarren going strong at 1.95mph, average up 1.80mph. He is so focused he nearly went the wrong way (54.7899969, -5.5233765) #GallowayChannelA number of tweets have come in about donation, if you would like to donate, please go to http://www.darrenjaundrill.me.uk . #GallowayChannelDarren hoped to swim into Loch Ryan but as the safety team we have instructed him that it will finish at Portpatrick. #GallowayChannelDarren is averaging 1.77 mph which is up 0.32 mph from #BristolChannel. At the moment he is 1.93 mph - a personal best. #GallowayChannelWaved goodbye to Northern Ireland and are on to Stranraer. We've put some pictures on the LiveTrack (54.770593, -5.5426025) #GallowayChannelComing alongside the ferry lanes where we will stay until we bid farewell to Northern Ireland. (54.6952654, -5.7348633) #GallowayChannelPictures of Darren once we get a little more light. As for conditions, not too bad at the moment but I'm not in there! #GallowayChannelGood 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 #Channels4HeroesForecast:- Temp 7-8 (4 /wind chill), sea state 2-3, wind 3-4. Showers expected late afternoon. Not bad. #GallowayChannel #Channels4HeroesIn #Belfast - technically just outside - ready and buzzing for the swim tomorrow. http://darrenjaundrill.me.uk/?p=374 #GallowayChannel #Channels4Heroes Like RiverRat Member February 2013 Guess we will know for sure when he swims at Cork? Like gnome4766 Member February 2013 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. Like IronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member March 2013 Did this guy ever accept the Cork invite? http://marathonswimmers.org/blogs/ironmike Like Niek Member March 2013 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. :) http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun! Like Sign In or Register to comment.