The Pond of Hell

It was a day I‘d been dreading for a long time – my 10km swim in the Men’s Pond on Hampstead Heath. It turned into everything I feared – and worse.

I started about 1.30pm and finished about 7 hours later. I can’t really tell you how the 7 hours passed. Some rests, visits from Jon and Liz with much needed food, a couple of crisis calls with the office – and lots of mind numbing, body numbing swimming. At first I diverted myself by wondering whether all the urban rumours about infestations of crayfish were true. But after a while I was bleeding in so many places from wetsuit chafing that I don’t think I would have noticed even if I had been attacked by a swarm of crayfish. It was a long, very very long day, and utterly exhausting.

In truth, the Pond is a brilliant place to swim but no-one should do it for 7 hours!

About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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