(Photo courtesy of Mother Hen Films)
I believe I still bear the mental scars from freezing cold early morning swims throughout the winter, from hour upon hour in the pool at David Lloyd's, and from half a day spent in the water at Windermere.
But I genuinely remember little about the actual Channel swim itself.
So it's good timing that the film about Channel swimming*, so expertly put together by S&O media, airs on Monday 18th July (2016). The production was purchased by the BBC, and will be shown at 21:00 on BBC4.
Over 220 hours of footage were captured by the film crew, and this was then painstakingly edited down to produce a very focused and condensed one hour documentary.
Reviews so far are very positive (here's one from the Radio Times: http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/d8qjj8/swim-the-channel), and a pre-edit that I managed to see certainly showed me that the film is very representative of my experiences.
And before anyone asks, no, I'm not planning on doing it again!
*Contains partial nudity and the occasional profanity.