Fenwick Ridley, ever the chap for getting in a bit of promo, recently was interviewed by Luxe Magazine about his open water swimming adventures, environmentalism work and general watery shenanigans. Oh, and if you look closely you’ll spot a couple of McConks stand up paddle boards in the mix.
What’s more, we think it’s great that Fenwick did the interview whilst actually out on the water with his ever faithful pooch Moona. Helping rid the river of plastic, there’s nothing like authenticity when speaking about your passions! Another of which being swimming and coaching others to do the same – via his H2oTrails business – in cold winter waters of lakes and river predominantly in the north of England.
You can read the full interview by hitting the following link – https://luxe-magazine.co.uk/2020/10/open-water-swimming/
If you haven’t come across Fenwick Mark Ridley then he’s a determined type who likes a challenge, as can be seen from what he gets up to fun, but all in the name of charity. Fenwick loves a bit of wild swimming but for a reason. And not placid water either, as can be seen from updates on his YouTube channel. Nope, Fenwick prefers it when there’s flow to really test his mettle.
The bearded fella also indulges in a bit of SUP. We say ‘a bit’ as paddling source to sea – Kielder (Hexham) to Quayside (Newcastl-upon-Tyne) is a little more than that. It’s 52.6m according to Google maps. From Mark’s Facebook updates we can work out that parts of the route are quite challenging – even on a McConks 14′ stand up paddle board. But as we’ve already said he’s a determined chap. Suffice to say he managed the feat and topped out at Newburn Bridge yesterday (Sept 2, 2020), even having had an equipment malfunction (snapped paddle) towards the end of his run.
It’s still an awesome achievement, however, and we salute you wholeheartedly Fenwick. For donations and further details head over to Fenwick’s Just Giving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fenwickridley?fbclid=IwAR3cf-RJbrcc7_Pv4563pBjccdmmveH8LiwNQnntDfyyc5CVIBI42DdsCg4
Stay tuned for more adventures from the man himself…