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Town support local resident on his big swim to Isle of Man

21 July 2022

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Fleetwood Town Community Trust are extremely pleased to support local resident Adam Diver in his upcoming Big Swim to the Isle of Man, which will take place on Friday 22 July.

This Friday, the former Army Captain will attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as he takes on the challenge of swimming from mainland UK, over to the Isle of Man.

Adam will set off from St Bees, near Whitehaven, in the early hours of the morning to swim 32 miles (51km) of the Irish Sea to the famous island.

Records show that this has been attempted before and even a relay team is recorded to have attempted this feat, but have failed in the past due to several reasons: Tides, currents, wildlife (such as lion head jellyfish) and of course the weather.

When we spoke to Adam, he explained: “I decided to do it after I was swimming in the sea with my son during lockdown, and I joked about swimming to see my parents on the Isle of Man.

“I'm going to be swimming for six hours and resting for five or six hours, so that prolonged swim is going to take it out on my body and the mind as well. It's going to be the mental side and having the mental strength to get back into the water which is going to play a massive part in this journey."

Adam has been swimming since he was five-years-old, has completed numerous triathlons, and even represented Great Britain at the Europe Triathlon Championship in 2021. The event this week is aimed to raise awareness towards mental health whilst supporting Veteran’s charity, Healthier Heroes.

The veteran must start his swim exactly on Friday 22 July, to make the best of the tides, and if all goes well, he will reach the Isle of Man on Sunday 24 July.

You can show your support by raising awareness and funds towards Healthier Heroes by donating HERE!

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