As a man who’s never been one to back out of a challenge, Richard Adams was thrilled to complete last weekend’s Great North Swim.
And the fact he completed the course was made all the more impressive by the fact that Richard, from Chirnside, underwent a major bone marrow transplant three years ago after being diagnosed with pre-Leukeamia condition Retrograde Anaemia with Excessive Blast cells (RAEB), shortly after completing the Lake District swim in 2009.
Before even dipping his toes into Lake Windermere at the weekend the delight on Richard’s face was clear.
“He was just over the moon to be there,” his wife Jacqui commented.
“Even now our life very much on the knife edge- Richard still has health problems so it was staggering for him even to be there.
“But he’s always swam and if he hadn’t been able to complete the swim he would have been absolutely gutted.
“He’s never not finished anything when it comes to sport.”
Richard finished the swim in aid of Macmillan in 48 minutes, a time which would have been faster still had he not deviated from the course after confusion over which buoy to head towards.