Living in Henley-on-Thames has some great perks, including regular open water swimming right on your doorstep.
A lot of people find the idea of swimming in the Thames disgusting, but I can tell you I've only been violently ill twice (which I can definitely attribute to swimming). Every swim feels like an adventure; usually starting early in the morning, often as the sun is rising, with a light mist sitting just above the water. You have to be prepared to share the water with all manner of wildlife, including families of ducks and swans (and once, a capybara), enjoying the tranquility of the river before boats (and swimmers) ruin the peace.
Anyway, last week a message came through from Angus (photographer & triathlete), organising a 'full moon sunset swim'. Well, I'm never one to turn down a new experience, even if it does carry the potential risk of a short bout of amoebic dysentery.
On the evening of the swim, Angus was conveniently ill and wasn't swimming, but he brought along his drone and filmed me and Adam Brittain (training for Ironman Wales 2016, which I am also going to attempt) and made this short video.
Angus is clearly an excellent photographer and editor; he's managed to cut the footage to make it appear like I can actually swim.