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5 minutes with... Michael Ventre

London IT engineer and extreme swimmer Michael Ventre, 38, plans to be the first person to swim 3,800 miles from New York to London. Starting in April 2017, the swim will take between five to eight months and raise money for Oxfam.

What inspired you to undertake such an extreme challenge?

I attempted the English Channel in 2007 but was unsuccessful in making it all the way to France, having got caught in the dreaded tide just off the French coast. But I managed to still swim for 13 hours before being told to get back on the support boat. I wasn’t disheartened because 13 hours was a huge achievement for me at that time. A couple days later I realised that my endurance was not an issue and that I could swim all day long if need be. So I began Googling the world’s longest swims. That’s when I came up with the idea of swimming from New York to London as it hadn’t been done before.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue. This month we talk to English Channel record holder Becky Lewis about her seven crossings (and counting!) and to Beth French about her plan to complete the Oceans Seven in one year, despite suffering from ME. Have you ever wanted to swim an Ice Mile? We have expert advice on how to train safely for one of swimming's most extreme challenges. And if you like a bit of trail running with your outdoor swimming, we take an in-depth look at the endurance sport of swimrun. We have inspiring travel features on Italy, Scotland and the French Riviera. And as it's Christmas we have some delicious cake recipes to try! Plus all the usual training advice and sessions, news, interviews, inspirational stories and event listings for 2016.
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