It's hard to believe a month has passed already. I was reminiscing and wrote this:
Firing ranges and cliff falls,
Big waves and rain squalls.
Aching elbows and damp clothes,
Jellyfish stings near his nose.
Oly and I are enjoying the swim
Bloody good teamwork, me and him.
10 days of swimming, beating the tide.
Oly in the water and me by his side.
Sat in my kayak, keeping him fed,
Whilst during the night, the beach is my bed.
A few early starts, with barely any light,
Watch out for that buoy! That gave him a fright.
The final few days, feeling the strain.
Stroke after stroke, his shoulders in pain.
He's strong of mind, this giant of a man.
And we persevered on, sticking to the plan.
On the final stretch, the tide it beat us.
But he carried on cos he ain't a wuss.
Almost at the finish, our friends were in sight.
One final push, with all of his might.
But don't think this is actually the end,
87 miles don't cut it my friend.
A hundred miles sounds better, so let's swim once more.
And that following morning, we again left the shore.
For the final time, just he and I.
13 more miles, and boy did he fly.
The tide was again, helping us move.
And we notched up the miles with nothing to prove.
Time ticked by and as it went on,
The flow turned against us, his shoulders were done.
Egging him on he pushed on through.
A Hundred miles completed, it was over - Phew!
That is the story of teamwork at play.
Plus all the others who helped every day.
The lows made us quite sad but we laughed a lot too.
I even massaged his shoulders, the things I had to do!
Support abound, donations flooded in,
Raising awareness of the mess we are in.
Collecting the litter we found in the sea.
When will we learn it's not about 'me'?
We can't keep thinking it will all be fine.
When we find bird remains wrapped in fishing line.
Together now we can help make things right.
And save this planet from the human caused plight.
Photos thanks to me, louisp_photography lordgreenofstur beachbuddy10