David Walliams is part way through an amazing 140 mile swim of the complete length of the River Thames for charity Sport Relief. Over half way now, he passed Maidenhead today, Saturday 10th September 2011. I went down to the river to cheer him on - along with many hundreds of others.
I first caught up with David about a mile upstream from Boulter’s Lock. Here’s a video and some photos.
In the video:
We join David about a mile upstream from Boulter’s Lock, Maidenhead. We see him take a rest during which his wife Lara Stone speaks briefly to him. We then see him enter the lock cut where the crowds are much bigger. TV comedy star Miranda Hart and David’s wife Lara Stone are on a boat following him.
David swims in to Boulter’s Lock to much applause and climbs out. He visits the lock house for break and to speak to BBC Radio 1. He then returns to the water and swims under Maidenhead Bridge. David swims out of sight as his approaches Brunel’s Maidenhead railway bridge. He heads towards Bray and eventually London.
I enjoyed being part of the crowd at Maidenhead as David passed through. There were hundreds of people, all in very good spirits. He waved at the crowd and seemed to enjoy the support.
I also enjoyed live-tweeting the event. Although at some points I didn’t quite know what to do next. There are always too many things to do: take a still shot on my camera, take some video, send a tweet, respond to tweet replies, take a still shot on my phone, upload a photo from my phone to twitpic, find the next vantage point that is going to give good shots……or simply look up to avoid bumping in to people!
David’s swim is an amazing feat – I have no idea how he keeps going. You can sponsor him at the Sport Relief website.