NEWS: Swim challenge will see PHA UK Chair go the extra mile

Posted on July 6th 2022

PHA UK Chair Dr Iain Armstrong is training hard for a special swim challenge that will see him complete a mile of the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park.

Iain will take part in Swim Serpentine on 17th September and he is using the event to celebrate kindness and raise money for the PHA UK.

He said: “During the pandemic a lot of people in the PH community have gone the extra mile for each other, and inspired by them, I want to do the same.

I’ll be swimming one mile (1600 metres) around the Serpentine Lake which is the same lake that the 2012 Olympic triathletes competed in. This will be very different from the warm indoor pools of Sheffield that I am used to!

I’m aiming to raise £1 for every metre I swim, and by ‘going the extra mile’ I hope to celebrate the kindness of others and maybe even inspire some people along the way.

As a Nurse Consultant in PH I have seen the difference physical activity (within individual imitations) can make to patients, and this is something I have experienced personally over the last year or so too. 

I’ve overhauled my lifestyle, losing almost 30kg, and swimming has become a big part of my routine. Whether you can move for a mile or a metre, getting active could help you too. I will be thinking of people with PH with every stroke of this open water swim.”

You can sponsor Iain via his online fundraising page here.