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From Starr to Starrfish

From Starr to Starrfish

by Rob Starr

This is one of the toughest physical and mental challenges known to man. As well as the tides, the weather and the temperature of the Channel , swimmers have to cope with this being the busiest shipping lane in the world.

It is said that 80% of the challenge is mental ability and 20% physical. For Rob, the challenge was compounded by the fact that he was suffering from rheumatism, osteoporosis and Crohn's disease, which stopped him putting on the weight he needed to survive the crossing. Would he ever be fit or fast enough to meet this massive challenge?

The point of it was to raise money for the Edward Starr Charitable Trust, the charity he had set up in memory of his beloved father to help children smile. Frank, funny and inspirational, Rob's diary account of what it really takes to swim the English Channel is a real eye-opener.

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