Dave Shephard Reflects on the Swimhalers’ Channel Swim

In August 2016, David Shephard and Phil Couch – aka the Swimhalers – made an attempt to swim the English Channel. Sharing the swimming responsibilities, the experienced endurance swimmers made great progress, but within agonising proximity of their destination bad weather forced them to pull the plug on the challenge. Now that the disappointment of […]


The Psychology of Endurance in Life or Death Situations

On 13th November 2015, British polar explorer, Henry Worsely, attempted to cross Antarctica, solo and unassisted.  Everything he needed for his mammoth 80-day expedition was pulled behind him on a sled: food, fuel and equipment, while his body carried years of training and experience. Fascinated by the “unbelievable science” of Antarctica, the former lieutenant colonel began his […]


A Swim of Two Halves

On August 31st 2016, Dave Shepard and Phil Couch – aka the Swimhalers – attempted to swim the English Channel. Unfortunately, despite endless training and preparation, the two endurance athletes were thwarted at the final hurdle by stormy weather.  Below, Dave goes into more detail about the day the Swimhalers came within reaching distance of completing […]

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Why the Swimhalers’ Abandoned Bid to Swim the Channel is No Failure

This was the Swimhalers’ big chance to put their names among the great athletes to have conquered the English Channel swim, a world famous and remarkably difficult challenge. But looking back at the attempt, which had to be abandoned within shouting-distance of the French shoreline, victories of a different, more important nature become apparent. On […]


Bad Weather Stops Swimhalers With France In Sight

David Shephard’s report on the Swimhalers’ English Channel swim highlights the unpredictability of one of the world’s toughest endurance events.  Yesterday morning was a stunner; the channel calm and the sun on our backs. We set off from the beach next to Dover marina at the same time as a Yaron, a wonderful Israeli swimmer on […]