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Even on the Darkest Nights There is Still a Way to Move Forward.

February 1st 2021

Causeway Coast

Charity AWARE

Swim Distances over the past 3 nights

Feb 1st 1.44km

Jan 31st 1.63km

Jan 30th 1.32km


THANK YOU FOR CONTINUALLY SHARING AND DONATING. Donations now over the £7200 mark!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/al-mennie


AWARE https://aware-ni.org/


Just back in from the 67th KM (well I actually swam 1.4km tonight) of the 100km Swim Through darkness. So that's 2/3s complete now. Look outside, the moon cannot penetrate the thick cloud cover. It is a very dark night. The sea is black and there is quite a lot surf causing the odd current here and there. The white froth on the surface that often shows me a little way forward was grey tonight. Sound, movement of the water and the distinctive land marks breaking the skyline gave me some direction though. If I only depended on sight out there, I wouldn't be able to swim very often.



Please if you are reading these blogs, use what I am doing to stay motivated. Keep active, get outdoors if you can and if you cant, open a window at the very least. The outdoors and exercise are great distractions from the world we are living through at the minute. I found a great resource that I think might be of interest to anyone who for some reason maybe cant get outdoors at the minute. Its called BBC Soundscape and you can listen to all sorts of sounds from the outdoors. Take a listen, it might be of use and or help during these times. https://canvas-story.bbcrewind.co.uk/soundscapesforwellbeing/


Remember to look at yourself and those around you for signs that may be of concern. Here is a link to some of the things to look out for on the AWARE website....


https://aware-ni.org/helping-someone-with-depression





Info - I am swimming a total of 100km through the darkness, in the darkest and coldest months of the year off the North Coast of Ireland. My aim...to inspire those who may be struggling in dark times to keep going. I also aim to raise awareness and funds for the depression Charity Aware. We all face dark times in life at some point and it can be extremely overwhelming.


Safety - Please don't think that because I am doing this that you too should do this or something similar. I am very experienced in the sea with knowledge that is only gained through many years of exposure to the sea in all her moods. I have a safety and location system in place including continual contact with people on land every time I swim.

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