There are also pics from the swim, bike and run available to download from the following link.
Just before the age of 50 I was diagnosed with hypertension and subsequently put on regular medication to control the condition. I was never comfortable with this situation, especially when I was told I would probably have to take medication for the rest of my life. I therefore decided to do something about it and eventually persuaded my GP to let me try and control the condition through lifestyle change alone.
I offered to do the Salford swim as part of one the NHS Bolton relay teams. This swim was an open water swim in the murky depths of the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays. Whilst I am an OK swimmer I did have some real reservations about being able to swim in cold murky water. I first started to improve my swimming stamina which was about average for a bloke of 45 yrs. I could do about 20 lengths OK but generally started to flag after that.
At first I was very reluctant to take part because I thought everyone involved would be ‘super fit’ athletes! Although I can swim competently I am not very fast and my swimming technique isn’t the best. How wrong I was! Loads of competitors were just like myself, complete novices, taking part for the fun of it (and the chance to get fit, of course!!)