HallmarkHulme, in their continued support of this event, have generously agreed to fund the registration fees. This takes a tremendous amount of pressure off me, due to the rapidly approaching cutoff date. But those fees cannot be submitted without the completed medical forms.
Initial inquires regarding a medical were somewhat inconclusive. The medical centre were not sure what was required, who would carry it out, or even if there would be a charge. A figure of £200 was speculated.
A two-way telephone dialogue continued for over a week. Eventually I suggested that I sent in the blank forms to Spring Gardens Medical Centre, such that the staff could understand exactly what information was being requested. I attached a covering, explaining that Dr. Blaine had attended to Harry, so he would know who I was.
To my delight, not only did Dr. Blaine remember me, but he subsequently offered to complete the medical for no charge.
Any last chances of a final reprieve were lost when the doctor quickly but thoroughly pronounced me 100% fit to attempt the swim. Apparently my blood pressure was 'perfect'.
So that's it..... There really is no turning back now!