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Mark Sheridan

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My story

[lt]div[gt][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]21 Mile 2-Way Windermere Swim [/span][/b][lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt][b][span=text-decoration: underline;][lt]br /[gt][/span][/b][lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]Last year, in late August 2012, many generous people donated huge sums of money in helping me to achieve a personal goal of becoming the 42[span=font-size: xx-small;][lt]span style="font-size: 7.3pt;"[gt][sup]nd[/sup][/span][lt]/span[gt] person in history to swim 23-mile Loch Lomond in only a pair of trunks (no wetsuit). It’s really hard to articulate in words how amazing that achievement still feels.[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]Rather unfortunately in October 2012, whilst undergoing a GP medical as part of my application process to swim round Manhattan Island, the doctor at work (Nomura) identified (what turned out to be) a huge 12cm grapefruit-sized benign non-cancerous tumour. After being rushed into the Royal Marsden for an emergency operation, the massive tumour was removed via major abdominal surgery but I was left with a permanent disability in the form of no use of my left quadricep (as the tumour was in my femoral nerve).[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]When I walked down the steps of the Royal Marsden checking out of the hospital after a week of intensive care & surgery, the medical staff were NOT sure whether I had cancer or not and my surgeon told me very frankly that I would need to use sticks & a knee brace to be able to walk for the rest of my life. Moreover, the surgeons felt that I wouldn’t be able to swim long distances ever again.[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]As you can imagine, I was pretty devastated to hear that conclusion but it was a bit like presenting a red rag to a bull……[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]Rehab has been relentless and sheer hard work... [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]5 weeks after the surgery, I got back in the pool and although without a left leg kick, I realised I could swim a mile……that felt amazing and I set myself a proper goal to work towards for the year….[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]I have been training relentlessly and feel honoured to be able to line-up for the start of the 2-Way 21-mile BLDSA Windermere swim (in trunks only) on the 10[span=font-size: xx-small;][lt]span style="font-size: 7.3pt;"[gt][sup]th[/sup][/span][lt]/span[gt] August 2013. This is the longest swim of the British Open Water Swimming calendar and only a handful if lucky will finish. 6 entrants are registered for the start line![lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]In training this year, I have completed the gruelling 24-mile ‘2Swim4life’, finished the famous 9-mile Champion of Champions in 12 degree water in Dover harbour where 30 men started and only 12 finished, swum 2-way 6 mile Lake Bala, and completed a Loch Ness relay (among other things). I am passionate about the sport of long distance front crawl, serve on the committee of the British Long Distance Swimming Association and my articles on Long Distance Crawl are no.1 in terms of the ‘most read’ on [i]Google[/i].[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]More details are here on my swim blog: [url=http://www.reminiscencesofalongdistanceswimmer.blogspot.co.uk/][span=color: blue;][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt]http://www.reminiscencesofalongdistanceswimmer.blogspot.co.uk/[/span][lt]/span[gt][/url][lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]Funds raised will be split 50/50 between 2 charities very close to my heart:[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]This swim is dedicated to the wonderful healthcare staff of the Royal Marsden as thanks for their unswerving help & expertise in making me better. The swim is also dedicated to my heroic friends at the Rainbow Trust who do such a great job in looking after terminally ill children and their families.[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]I know many of you have given generously to my swims in the last 2 years but this year I feel even more determined as I really want to complete this to be inspirational to others that have (or will experience) similar health issues to myself. Please give what you can and many thanks in advance for your kind support.[lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]div[gt]Best, Mark[lt]/div[gt]

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Aug 16, 2013

William Davies

Very many congratulations once again Mad Man....

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 13, 2013

Nina Markham-Bew

You have inspired me to push myself harder on my next challenge- thank you.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

Anonymous

£1000.00 plus £250.00 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

The Walkers

Great effort mate, well done.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

Clive Beagles

Mark - a truly great performance - puts my complaining after bowling a few overs with my creaking 46 year old frame into perspective.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

Anonymous

speachless again - well done chief!

£100.00

Aug 12, 2013

David Kelso

Nice quiet weekend then... Awesome effort!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

Sivashnie Gopal

I was the physio who saw what sorry state you were in last December. What a remarkable recovery.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

James Verdier

Well done sir - great achievement.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2013

Hugo

Great effort and a very well deserved silver whatever you say!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid