The London Classics

My goal for 2024 is to complete the London Classics – the London Marathon, the RideLondon 100, and the Swim Serpentine – to support Samaritans.

London Marathon

Sunday 21 April 2024

Firstly, I’ll run the London Marathon (26.2 miles).

I’ve not run a full marathon yet, and even having swum the English Channel solo, training for this run is proving to be the toughest physical challenge of my life so far.

Please support me and donate via JustGiving to help fund Samaritans.

Running the Hackney Half

RideLondon 100

Sunday 26 May 2024

Secondly, I’ll cycle the RideLondon via Essex (100 miles), starting and finishing in Central London.

With all the marathon training, I’ve not been able to spend much time in the saddle, so I’m not expecting this to be easy.

If me running a marathon weren’t enough, I hope this added ride will persuade you to donate via JustGiving to help fund Samaritans.

Cycling the RideLondon in Essex countryside

Swim Serpentine

Date TBC

Finally, I’ll complete the London Classics by swimming the Swim Serpentine (2 miles) in Hyde Park, London.

I’ll be back in my element, so looking forward to this one!

While the date for the swim has not yet been set, please don’t feel you have to wait to donate via JustGiving to help fund Samaritans.

Swimming in the Jubilee River

More info

About Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity that provides support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. It often provides this support through its telephone helpline, and responds to a call for help in the UK every 10 seconds.

Oxford Samaritans is run entirely by a team of volunteers, around 170 people. It’s open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and responds to around 2,500 calls a month. It receives no regular income, depending on donations to support its work.

You can find out more about Samaritans at


About Dom

I have supported mental health charities for several years, raising £1,200 for the Samaritans when I swam to the Isle of Wight in 2011, and raising £10,000 for Mind and Rethink when I swam the English Channel solo in 2017.

I have also swum the lengths of Coniston (5.2 miles), Ullswater (7 miles), and Windermere (10.5 miles), swum across the Gulf of Corryvreckan (the third largest whirlpool in the world), and completed several marathon swim events including the Jubilee River in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and the Thames Marathon in 2023.

You can find out more about me at

Swimming in Parliament Hill Lido in winter
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