Comedian David Walliams has completed a 140 mile swim of the river Thames for charity Sport Relief. Despite having to face adverse weather conditions, a heavy dose of ‘Thames Tummy’ and saving a drowning Labrador, the 40 year old has managed to raise over £1 million.
Walliams took 8 days to complete the enduring event, averaging 18 miles per day with a total number of 111,352 strokes and burning 68,186 calories in the process. Don’t just take our word for it check the Sport Relief website for more details here.
The comedian almost had to retire as he suffered from the Thames tummy. With torrential rain on day 2 the Thames spilled over 500,000 metres of cubic sewage into the very waters David was swimming in…not ideal. The result meant Walliams was left battling diarrhoea, vomiting and low energy levels.
The actor admitted that the challenge was a lot harder than he had envisaged and at times he feared he had “bitten off more than he could chew, I used to like swimming” he joked.
As well as the intense physical strain, the swim was also psychologically demanding, sending him “slightly loopy” at times. “You’re alone with your thoughts for a very long time, sometimes 11 or 12 hours. At times I had slightly delusional thoughts, paranoid thoughts. I kept thinking someone was going to drop a brick on me from a bridge. I don’t know why”.
Swimming the Thames from Lechdale to Westminster Bridge is a task few would accept, yet Walliams is no ordinary celebrity. He has already swum the Straits of Gibraltar and the Channel, as well as cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, all for charity.
The Bluebeards Revenge team thought this act of heroic manliness deserved some recognition. As well as donating some money to the cause (the least we could do) we also sent David a tub of our miraculous shave cream. Also check out pictures of his wife Lara Stone, very nice.