Last night at 21:39 I started into a 2km swim under a big bright moon and pounding surf off the north coast of northern ireland at Downhill Beach, Castlerock. The bright night was a stark contrast to the pitch black, wild cold nights of winter I have swam through since December 1st.
I stayed out and swam an extra mile. Donations are now four times the original target!!!!
Right, I'm away back to my cake and apple crumble breakfast.
(We have footage in 4k and stills)
This is a quick clip from my warm up before the full moon swim on Saturday night.
Al Mennie Swim Through Darkness. This video is the 97th km swam under feb 27th's full moon. The final swim was Feb 28th.
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.
I apologise for not publicising when I am swimming as I know there are people who want to come and support me but we just cant risk it with covid and the regulations. I do post quite a lot on instagram so please follow along there, your support is greatly appreciated. It really spurs me on. I have a couple of people who are extremely experienced emergency responders so know that I am well looked after! I live extremely close (seconds away) to the beach but I cannot ask that any of you come down to support from further afield even though I know some of you reading this would like to and I would like to have you there.