On Sunday 14th July Julia took to the pool at Trinity School in Croydon to swim 100 lengths of it for British Polio Fellowship and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. She admitedt to a few butterflies as she had never swum 2.5km before and also felt responsible for everyone having a good time, spectators and participants alike.
After Julia had completed her 100 lengths, she swam length 101, which those of you who have read her book will know is the chapter about her diagnosis with chronic myeloid leukaemia, and all the other swimmers jumped in to support her as so many people have done over the last year. Julia’s swim wasn’t quite finished though, she then had the honour of racing against Paralympic Gold and Silver medalist, James Crisp.
James swam two lengths whilst Julia swam one, only fair considering he is half her age, and she still only just touched before him?!?!? James had brought his silver medal from London 2012 with him and allowed Julia to wear it for the photos after their ‘race’ – she commented “what a lovely chap”.