Hell and High Water: One Man's Attempt to Swim the Length of Britain

Hell and High Water One Man s Attempt to Swim the Length of Britain Rain pelted down on the back of my neck and saltwater rushed down my throat as I tried to breathe into a wave A foghorn started booming from a lighthouse in the distance For a moment I thought it was

  • Title: Hell and High Water: One Man's Attempt to Swim the Length of Britain
  • Author: Sean Conway
  • ISBN: 9780091959746
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rain pelted down on the back of my neck and saltwater rushed down my throat as I tried to breathe into a wave A foghorn started booming from a lighthouse in the distance For a moment I thought it was a rescue siren for me Imagine if I got rescued on day two That would be embarrassing In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land s End in his bid to be the first person t Rain pelted down on the back of my neck and saltwater rushed down my throat as I tried to breathe into a wave A foghorn started booming from a lighthouse in the distance For a moment I thought it was a rescue siren for me Imagine if I got rescued on day two That would be embarrassing In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land s End in his bid to be the first person to swim the length of Britain It was a challenge so extreme that not only had it never been attempted before, but most of the sponsors Sean approached turned him down as they were worried that he would die trying.Landlocked Cheltenham Sean s hometown isn t really the ideal place to train for a long sea swim, and he only managed three miles in a local pool before setting off from Land s End Once in the water Sean had to develop incredible mental strength to deal with the extreme cold and hours alone He also needed to devise ways to take on the huge number of calories he needed to sustain him On the support boat he and his three man crew had to cope with storms, seasickness and living in close proximity for months After taking a few jellyfish stings to the face, Sean decided to grow a huge beard to protect himself.The physical challenge was gruelling, but came with unexpected rewards Sean swam with dolphins and seals and among stunning night time phosphorescence He had a unique view of the British coast, discovering tiny hidden coves and exploring shipwrecks When there were problems with the support boat, Sean and his crew met many kindly people who were willing to come to their aid.This is a remarkable and funny story about how anything is possible if you truly put your mind to it.

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    1. Having read Sean's previous book about attempting to cycle around the world, about halfway through this one I thought it was going to be another "close, but." type of book. Happily it turns out that he DID complete the swim albeit off schedule by quite a bit. An enjoyable read and I expect he's doing another one about his run next.

    2. In an age when few challenges seem to remain unconquered, Sean Conway dreamed up a new and outrageous one. Swim the length of Britainwhy ever not? This is the problem; each century, the challenges will have to become more and more absurd to rate as newsworthy. This is one of them. Like most people, the thought of swimming out of my depth in the ocean leaves me just a teensy bit worried about what's down there. Obviously it won't matter a hoot to someone who dreams up a jaunt like this. "Swim acr [...]

    3. Sean Conway deserves five stars - he is inspirational and achieving this feat when many doubted he could deserved to be commended! I couldn't however give the book five stars - it's a definite page-turner and made me laugh but the writing was at times a little simple and repetitive and I would have liked some more detailed maps to follow the route and story. That being said, this book is short and succinct enough to appeal to all audiences and I can appreciate why it has been kept brief. This bo [...]

    4. I read this book on a flight from Edinburgh to JFK. It was an interesting book and a real page turner. When I first started this book, I really wanted to kick the guy because he was so flipping unprepared. Seriously? You're going to swim it up and you haven't done so many things that should have been done? Serendipity happened so many times. All in all a good read about a guy who sets out to swim the length of Britain and gets more than he bargained for. I want to look up blogs/books/articles fr [...]

    5. Nuts. Swam the length of Britain, finishing way up north quite late in the year. Conway has a way of writing that keeps you in his wake, and suspect he would be an interesting character to meet. A great read particularly for anybody wanting to do extreme swim challenges, but it might put you off. It is written simply and gives a good idea of his daily challenge and how he approaches it, and how he gets on with his support (not always that well). Some maps would have been a bonus.

    6. ExcellentA funny, nail biting and honest account of the exploration of one of Britain's last true wild places. A great read.

    7. Really enjoyed this book, not only a huge achievement and man versus the impossible. But a testament to human kindness and generosity. Inspiring!

    8. Loved it! Totally inspiring and such an entertaining adventure. Didn't waste time with long winded descriptions, just included the good bits!

    9. A brilliantly honest description of an endurance swim of epic proportions. An inspiring and emotional read.

    10. Wow! Inspirational and a good yarn! "you should never let someone else's opinion (and opinion is all it is) of your ability affect the decisions you make in life"

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