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Tamsyn Street

Tamsyn Street's Jurassic Coast Swim

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My story

[p][b]Update 03.10.16[/b][/p][p]I did it!  the beginning of the week was not looking too promising starting with a pretty tweaky shoulder, followed by an injury to my erm...lower back while attempting a bat hang at the climbing wall followed by pulling my calf muscle while attempting to dance at a Ceilidh the night before! The excitement of all the wind and kite surfers was not particularly encouraging either as the weather turned increasingly wild. [/p][p]You have a lot of time to reflect and think on a long swim as you peer into the murky depths at the shadows deep below. On a 3km swim in 30mph winds off Ringstead Bay I did ask myself more than once, "what the hell am I doing?" But then on Sunday the 2nd of October I was given the gift of a beautiful sunny day.  All thoughs of careful timing with the currents and tides on a neap tide went out the window.  After 7 or 8km of swimming againt the current, the tide turned slack and the water settled down but the sun was setting and I was pretty finished.  I felt like an incredibly small little black blob in the massive ocean with the towering cliffs of the rocky shore.[/p][p]All credit goes to Dean in my support boat for keeping me going, I could not have done it without you. Thank you for giving up your time to help me train and putting up with me.  Thanks to anybody else who gave me invaluable advice, offered any support at all and kept me motivated and laughing especially Tom and Brad.  Special thank you to lovely Kate for keeping me inspired. Goodluck with your triathlon next week, you're going to be awesome.  Finally thanks to Tim for giving me the crazy idea in the first place it was an amazing experience.[/p][p][/p][p][b]Update 13.09.16[/b][/p][p]First a massive thank you to everybody who has supported me and the MS Society in Bournemouth! I really appreciate all the encouragement.  [/p][p]Highlights of my training include the 23rd of August I managed to swim 10km in the swimming pool in 3 hours and 30 minutes! I got pretty dizzzy from turning around in circles and the lifeguards thought I was nuts.  That was a big boost for my confidence.  To improve my confidence in the open water more, a friend suggested I do a swim in Studland bay.  I managed a 6km open water sunset swim on August bank holiday and even saw a few big fish swimming around underneath me which was amazing.  This last weekend I walked my 10km route along the Jurassic coast and back to check out my route and plan exits etc. Wow! The water looks a bit more deep, dark and wild but what a spectacular beautiful stretch of coastline.  Really looking forward to the swim.[/p][p]Rather excitingly but a bit unfortunately with the time timing, my work which I completed with the MS society in Bournemouth and Salisbury FES Centre recently got accepted at the European Committee for Treatment and Research into MS (ECTRIMS) conference.  The conference will go on for the rest of the week and most of the weekend so unfortunately I will have to postpone my swim for another week or so.  Hopefully, conditions will still be good and the weather holds!  Can't wait to do the swim.[/p][p][/p][p][b]Day 1: 01.08.16[/b][/p][p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Earlier this year I spent some time at the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Bournemouth through doing some work wih the National Clinical FES Centre - Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.  I got to know people and saw all the good work that they do and decided I wanted to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and some funds to help them out.[/p][p][/p][p]Multiple sclerosis is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults with over 100,000 people in the UK being affected. MS is highly unpredictable and can cause a wide range of symptoms affecting any part of the body. Please follow this link if you would like to find out more about MS.[/p][p]https://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms/information-about-ms/bout-ms[/p][p][/p][p]After much thought about how I could raise awareness and funds, I had this great idea about doing a long distance swim along the Jurassic coast.  When I shared my great idea with people it was met with an understandable amount of scepticism and I was warned about the dangers of drowning, strong currents, tides, getting hit by boats, getting smashed onto the rocks, hypothermia, sea sickness, being swallowed accidentally by a basking shark? jellyfish? and of course dinosaurs.. [/p][p][/p][p]Undeterred by the dangers or rather committed (gulp) I decided this would be my challenge.  Just in case my dad is reading this don't worry honestly I'm being really sensible about this I'm just trying to make it sound more exciting and impressive than it is. I've received advice from the coastguard, I'll have a support boat, a marine VHF radio and all the correct gear so it will be very safe.[/p][p][/p][p][/p][p]  [/p][p] Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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Nov 7, 2016

Yestin

Nice one Tamsyn!

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Oct 20, 2016

Emma

Well done, I hear you did it ..... kept it quiet. Amazing achievement :-)

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Oct 14, 2016

Jennie

Go Tam!!!! Absolutely amazing effort

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Oct 13, 2016

Trish

An excellent swim for a very good cause. Well done on completing it Tamsyn!

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Oct 13, 2016

Aditya

I have long suspected you are not a mere mortal.

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Oct 3, 2016

Lynn

Goodluck!

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Sep 20, 2016

Phil

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Sep 6, 2016

Richard Potter

Best of luck (Dean's told me you won't need it though)

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Sep 5, 2016

Aggie

Good Luck Street

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Aug 30, 2016

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