Ask Me Why I'm Stood Here: A Bristol Channel Swim Tale – World Open Water Swimming Association

Ask Me Why I’m Stood Here: A Bristol Channel Swim Tale by Alec Richardson is a humorous, informative, engaging book that follows a completely normal man with completely normal problems on his 5 hour 58 minute journey across the Bristol Channel.


The first-hand story is relatable for beginners, but it also includes practical advice and training plans for adventurous swimmers. Alex Richardson’s journey is full of self-reflection and off-beat ponderings.

Why it was nominated

For illustrating the remarkable perseverance and community required to complete a marathon swim by a middle aged man with three children and a teaching job to fill his days.


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Ask Me Why I’m Stood Here: A Bristol Channel Swim Tale by Alec Richardson

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