I became the 715th person and the 229th woman since 1875 to swim the English Channel when I swam from Abbott’s Cliff to Wissant on the 24 July 2004. The swim took me 14 hours and 15 minutes and I started just after 3:00am.
You can read a feature I wrote about it here. It’s a bit self-indulgent and I find it strangely difficult to read now, actually. Please bear in mind that I wrote it when I was in that strange space between being high on achievement and deep in the post-goal blues. And both my wrists hurt so much that it was easier not to edit it down afterwards.