If there's a challenge for our times then surely it was Al Mennie's mind-boggling 'Swim through Darkness' across the 2020-21 winter. One hundred kilometres, at night, in or around the impact zone. We can try to imagine the pain, the fear, the dedication and the cold. For Al, this was a nightly reality, allowing him to express what so many of us were feeling as one of the most challenging winters of our age set in. This feat sits as merely the most recent in a career of extreme ocean-going activity which includes Mavericks, pioneering the Western Irish coasts by boat and paddleboarding between countries - as well as being a stunt double and a bodyguard. Oh, and a writer and motivational speaker, too. Guest presenter Elliot Dudley also joins us as Al and Tom recount junior rivalries, the heyday of the BPSA and how Al's trademark resilience was formed over a series of challenging life events.
Produced by James Dodd & Tom Anderson
Artwork by GS Design Co
Music Copyright James Dodd 2021
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