NEXT month Mike Garnock-Jones is travelling to France.
Nothing unusual in that you may think - but he isn’t flying, using the ferry or taking the tunnel.
Mike, aged 53, is swimming across the English Channel.
He’s part of a relay team of six swimming the 22 mile-route to raise funds for Diabetes UK.
Mike was inspired to take part after his father-in-law was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
The schools enterprise worker has also come across young people with Type 1 Diabetes during his day job.
Mike said: “I’m always looking for a new swimming challenge. When I saw Diabetes UK was offering the opportunity to join a relay team and swim the Channel I leapt at the chance.”
The Channel Swim takes place every year.
Although the dates are weather dependent, Mike’s team - The Petroleum Jellies - will set off between August 17 and 24.
The swimmers, three of whom have diabetes themselves, will join six other teams.
Each participant will swim for an hour at a time, with the crossing due to take around 15 hours.
Swimmers can wear a swimming costume, cap and goggles, but no wetsuit.
Mike said: “I am getting used to the cold now, but the prolonged shivering after training was the worst.”
Each swimmer must raise a minimum of £1,250.
n See www.justgiving.com/mikegarnockjones to sponsor Mike.