David Walliams takes on Sport Relief Thames challenge

Now here is another great example of someone Maximising their Potential, and really testing themselves to see how far they can go . . .

Comedian David Walliams is set to swim about 140 miles of the River Thames in just eight days for Sport Relief.

Starting on 5 September, the Little Britain star will swim from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to Big Ben in London. The bid is part of the Big Splash campaign to get the nation swimming.

Swimming up to 8 hours everyday, Walliams, 40, will pass through several major towns en route, including Oxford, Reading, Henley, Maidenhead, Windsor, Kingston and Richmond.

In 2006, Walliams completed a swim across the English Channel, raising £1m for Sport Relief. He later received a special award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for completing the 21-mile distance.

He swam the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco for Sport Relief in 2008, and last year cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

In his latest challenge the comedian is again raising money for the BBC-backed charity, which helps vulnerable people in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.

“Most people in the UK know the Thames, and most people think the idea of swimming in it is horrifying,” Walliams said of the challenge.

“And it is. It’ll be relentless. It’s a huge distance so I’ll need all the support I can get.”

How can I pledge my support?

If you wish to support David, then please click on the following link: Sponsor David Walliams on his River Thames Challenge.

Walliams vs The Thames will be filmed for a documentary to be broadcast in the build up to Sport Relief in March next year.

Best of luck David, from everyone at The Maximise Potential Podcast – I’m going to cross my fingers and hope that you’ll be able to find some time in your diary in the near future to share the experience with us on the Podcast.

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Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!