Talk us through your kit.
I’ve got a Blue Seventy Alliance swimrun suit on with a rash vest over the top, mainly to protect the suit because I’m wearing the bag, a Yeti Panga - which is totally submersible beast of a bag. When I go to swim I detach it and it’s on a cord. If it’s a long period pulling it along I’ve got the RuckRaft in my bag - I’ll inflate that and stick the Panga on that.
Trunks underneath, neoprene socks and thick soled diving boots, which last pretty well given what I’m putting them through. I’ve got me GoPro harness round my chest that I film from quite often.
I’ve got my Dad’s lovely hazel walking stick. Me Dad came with me on the North Tyne trip, supporting me from the riverbank. We’re so busy these days and that time with him was great. He’s left me to it for this one, must be less worried this time!
Knife and whistle. Usually hand paddles but not today. Water. A couple of waterproof boxes with food. A chicken and cheese butty and some Outdoor Provisions bars.
A very particular lightweight first aid kit with some steristrips, a couple of bandages and basic stuff for bad cuts. Mobile phone, spare batteries for my GoPro and phone.
Goggles and a bandana. Kitwise, it has to be quick access gear, all on clips and carabiners that I can get to or change over quickly.