Keep Calm and Swim to France: Tales of an English Channel Swimmer (Paperback)
Swimming across the English Channel is regarded as one of the world's toughest endurance challenges. During a night out with friends, Mark Ransom made a drunken pact with one of them, that they would swim the English Channel the following year. At the time he had no idea just what this was going to entail and it proved to be the toughest year of his life. This is a blow by blow account of Mark's journey throughout that year, where he had to organise and train for this monumental event. He soon realised that this was not just about the challenge of swimming the English Channel, but was also about overcoming many personal challenges and confronting his inner demons, along the way. Mark talks openly about his low moments when he wanted to give up altogether, and also his high points and the comical situations, he found himself in. From the intimate details of a child's beginnings, to a man's fears and troubles, Mark's story is so captivating and honest. Mark discloses his innermost thoughts and feelings, including those he experienced during the swim itself. Following on from his successful solo swim, Mark returned to the Channel a few years later to organise two relay teams to race to France. The final part of the book details the organisation of this challenge and finishes with an account of the race itself. Mark Ransom's book aims to entertain, inform and inspire. This is as close as you can get to experiencing an English Channel Swim, without actually doing it.