I am an interactive media innovator with 20 years' experience leading projects that push the boundaries of new technology for organisations including the BBC, Channel 4, Culture Online and the UK Parliament.

Swimming the Solent update

Sunrise over the Solent

I made it to the Isle of Wight on my swim and thanks to everyone who sponsored me I raised £1200 for the Samaritans.

Despite strong winds at the weekend it turned out to be a lovely morning for the swim yesterday.

It was colder than I expected. I was one of the few swimmers not wearing a wetsuit but hot tea at the finish and the rising sun soon warmed me up.

Reaching the Isle of Wight

Having trained to do crawl I ended up swimming breaststroke most of the way as I wanted to take in the view, so I have a whole new set of muscles hurting today!

Here’s how it looked on the way back in the boat:

The Solent later that morning

Swimming the Solent

Not the biggest fan of cold water

On Monday 25 July 2011 at 6.30am I’ll be plunging into the Solent at Hurst Castle and swimming across to the Isle of Wight to raise money for the Samaritans.

The Solent is well known for its treacherous tides and even in July the water will be a chilly 16 degrees Celsius. The route crosses more than a mile of the busy Western Approaches, equivalent to about 90 lengths of a 25 metre pool.

There will be 30 of us swimming with some canoeists and lifeboats standing by. All the money raised will help the Samaritans achieve their aim of providing round-the-clock support on the Island for the first time.

Please help me massively exceed my target of £1000 by making a donation through my JustGiving page.

There’s more about the event and the Isle of Wight Samaritans on the Swim the Solent website.

A touch less remote

I’ve been working on a project for BBC Research and Development to develop multi-touch devices and applications that investigate how the technology could support television viewing in the future. We’ve written a series of blog posts about the work which are going up over the next few weeks. You can read the first of these on the BBC R&D Blog.