English Channel Swim


My Activity Tracking


English Channel Swimmer!

On Saturday 6th August, in the darkness at 3.20am, I started my swim from Semphire Hoe beach near Dover.  On a sunny afternoon 10hrs and 45 mins later I swam ashore in France!  I'm now officially an English Channel swimmer!
Thanks to everyone who has supported my swim and donated to this wonderful cause.  The team at Can Too and I are overwhelmed by your support!

Let's Go!!

Down in Dover now, it's looking like I'll be away in the early of hours of Sat 6th!  Excited to see what happens!  Thanks to everyone who's supported Can Too so far, keep spreading the word and let's see how high we can get this fundraising total!!

Ullswater 7.5 mile Chillswim (16 July)

On Saturday I travelled down to the Lakes District to compete in the Ullswater Chillswim event with 700 others, a 7.5 mile (12km) swim from one end of Lake Ullswater to the other.  This is approximately a third of the channel swim distance, so a good test which I found pretty tough.  I managed to finished 6th overall and was the fastest non-wetsuit swimmer in the field, so a good sign things are on track I think!

End June update

The swim training certainly went up a few notches this month!  Over 200km swum for the month plus twice weekly spin classes. Apart from sore shoulders, everything seems to be holding up pretty well and I'm pleased to feel my swim fitness coming back so quickly.  Around 60% of my training is in a loch near my home in North Ayrshire, Scotland.  The water temperature is thankfully getting higher as the weather gets better.

End May update

After securing my early August channel swim slot on 6th May, things needed to get serious quickly!  I spoke to renowned marathon swim coach (and channel swimmer himself) Tim Denyer who's company Red Top Swim prepare dozens of channel swim attempt athletes each year.  Tim invited me to attend his week long training camp in Opetija, Croatia a week later, which was brilliant. A 60km training week in Opetija, including a 6 hour ocean swim in 15 degree water, has prepared me for what I need to do to be ready for my swim attempt in August.

Why the English Channel?

I've been fascinated with the challenge of swimming the English Channel since I was a kid reading about the feats of the original King of the Channel, Des Renford. It wasn't until earlier this year that I started thinking about having a go at it, but now there's no looking back!  

While it's a personal challenge for me, it's also a great opportunity to try and raise funds and awareness for the fantastic Can Too Foundation, an independent health promotion charity committed to funding cancer research.

At Can Too, they believe life is what you make of it and that anything is possible.  I'm going to attempt this epic swim in early August and would love your support.


Thank you to my Sponsors


Crawbuck Foundation

Congratulations Woody! An incredible swim and outstanding fundraising effort as well. You are making a massive difference to Cancer Research in Australia and the patients it serves


Jon Kaufman

Woody no doubt you have the ticker for this job - what an inspiration! Raising the bar for us all, and why not! Will be cheering you on just across the pond


Tla Worldwide

Good Luck Woody, we will be cheering you on.


Simon Buckingham

You’re a BEAST Woody! An incredible undertaking supporting a great cause! Grind it out mate.


Nick Pagent

This might be one to take out easy Woody.. inspirational stuff as always. Good luck. Great cause


Guy Farrow

You continue to inspire Woody!! Best of luck and I will be with you every stroke of the way…well at least the last 50m.



Good luck Woody I’m very confident about your ability to finish!


Matched Giving


Marty And Maryellen

Well done Rob! Very impressive and great work raising funds for those organisations - good luck! Xx



Congrats Woody - from James, Richie, Adrian and Jay


Guy Moar

Well done Rob! Great swim yesterday!!


Phil Vivian

Good luck DKM Woody.


Nisha Sachdev

This truly is inspirational! What an amazing amount of achievements you already have and now this? Truly legendary. And for a great cause. Looking forward to the updates!


Scott Davidson

You are nuts - love it - dont let the old man in.


Di And Matt Sullivan

Best of luck


Carl And Barbara Wilson

I wish I was on the boat, very confident that you can do this!


Angus Cameron

Great effort Woody. Proud of you and know you will churn the channel up.


Todd Sunderman

Awesome Rob! Lane 3 is here to be the wind beneath your wings...


Simon Asimus

Woodie Fantastic challenge and great to see raising money for a great charity. Look forward to the updates for the big event. Best of Luck.


Sigi Hill


Georgia Hume

Amazing effort. Go well.


Rod Lawson

Good luck Woody, you continue to amaze with your exploits.


Tim Collins

All the best for your swim. 3rd of August is the next montly swim, that would be a great time for you to be swimming while we drink beer and tell stories.


Matt Renshaw

Setting the standards Woodie. Head down mate and the Chanel is yours. Good luck from the Renshaws


David & Cathy Woodhouse

Well done Rob! Inspirational.



Impressive especially for an old mannington. All kidding aside what a feat to attempt, amazed at your dedication and level of training. Stay warm !


Deane Pieters

Great job Woody. U are smashing it


The Bestys

Amazing effort, and in water even colder than Torquay/Portsea. You’re joining an elite group of 2000 Channel Swimmers out of 7billion people. Think of that percentage. Doing us proud!! Besty and Sarah


Elizabeth Scott

Amazing effort for a good cause !!! Best of luck to you, from the Scott family ( we are friends of Susie and Ron)


Fiona Hickey


Jacqui Ellery

Congratulations Rob on an awesome achievement


John Bates

Have a great swim Woody!


Graeme Brewer

Go Woody! Safe warm and favorable currents.


Ean B

Swim string. Fabulous effort - big admiration!!


Donny Richmond

Woodie, I know you will smash this swim with all of your training you've done. The Monthly Swimmers are with you in spirit. Keep up the hard work.


Deb And Groobs.

Good luck Rob.


Lara Hooiveld- Korhammer

Go Woody! Aussie Aussie Aussie.


Bridget Jackson

You are inspirational and a machine! Good luck Woody :)


Lizzie Crowhurst

That's epic, Woody! Sorry for all the sledging (https://lizziecantoo.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/big-wensdee/) - you are not a has been you are a beast like Chopper says. If we can help, the Too Cans are at your service https://www.cantoo.org.au/fundraisers/English-Channel-Swimmers


Peter Dyring

G'luck Rob from Julie & Pete



Go you good thing. Just think that you’re swimming towards the duckboard of a catamaran.



Good luck Woody. I'm sure you'll have a real good crack at it.


Gregory Fasala

Best of luck mate, a huge milestone



Great job Rob


Rob Abernethy

Go Woody - epic mission.



Go hard and swim undeturd



Good luck Rob! What a challenge 💪


Sigi Hill

You have got this Woody! Good luck mate!



Good luck Woody. We are cold already for you 🥶


Rayma Woodhouse

Good luck Rob. Xx Rayma


Georgiana Cameron

Amazing! Go Woody!


Bob Barrie

All the best for a successful swim. You can do it!


Catriona Dixon

Go Wooooooooooooooody! You've got this. Ever inspired. Dickoooooooooooo x


Tony, Amanda, Saffron And River

Just taking a dip in these icy northern waters is challenging enough! Top effort and great cause(as I thought there would be...)


Darrin Jones

Go Woody !


Kris And Gav Vanderplank

Good luck Rob!


Tim And Steph

Inspirational effort Rob


Paul Lee


David & Ali

Best of luck Rob! Great cause. We are so proud.


Marg & Cam

Good luck Woody! Channel the Dees…. 😆


Nic Liv

Good job Woody!


Kaitlin Mckeon

Good luck Rob! This is a huge achievement and for a great cause.


Donna & Steve Leigh


John, Rhonda Horwood

Excellent, Rob. .Great Effort.


Gordon Fraser

Well done Rob! An amazing effort!


Luke Greenbank



Congratulations Rob, wonderful effort



Still got it mate. Congrats on a great effort.


Brent Cubis

Amazing effort Rob - thank you for choosing Can Too as your charity partner for the channel crossing



There once was a swimmer named Woody He’s swimming the channel like no rookie Sometimes we call him the Duke His legend only grows in our group You’re swimming the English Channel Good on you Mate in this epic battle While raising some funds for Can Too The Monthly Swimmers commend you ! -MD


Antonia Beggs

You absolutely smashed it! Congratulations!


Rene Martinko

Good luck Rob, amazing effort!



Great effort 💪


John Cicero

Best of Luck Woody.. we will be thinking of you during Chanel crossing.. woo hoo.. John & Kate


Christine And Garry Rydberg


Gillian Jack

Fantastic Rob. Well done x


Ally Smerdon

Hi Rob, Wishing you well for your swim and look forward to hearing of your success at the end, good luck!!


Sean Maxwell

Rob, great to hear about you doing this. I am cheering you on from The Great White North!


Jeremy Kann

Good luck….keep going!!


Kim Brackin

Can't wait to hear how many beers you drink in France! Well done, mate!


Rachel Kemp

Huge congrats on a wonderful achievement! X