Belfast Telegraph

Walliams takes a dip to boost sport

David Walliams was back in the water as part of a campaign to encourage people of all ages to take up swimming.

But while he enjoys the sport, the comedian is adamant there will be no repeat of his 2011 feat when he completed a 140-mile swim along the Thames that saw him raise more than £1 million for Sport Relief.

The 42-year-old had already completed swims across the English Channel in 2006 and the Strait of Gibraltar in 2008, all for charity, but the Thames challenge was one that surpassed all else he had undertaken.

David told Press Association Sport: "I don't have any plans for charity swims in future. I think I'd have to top the last one I did. I can't think of anything harder. The Thames one was incredibly difficult and I would never want to go through that again, I'll let someone else have a go.

"I am still recovering as I hurt my shoulder and back. But I loved doing it and it helped so many people."

The Little Britain star retains a real love of open water swimming and was participating in the British Gas SwimBritain open water event at Blenheim Palace along with former Olympic and world medallist Keri-anne Payen, as part of a campaign to encourage the sport across all ages and levels.

Teams were made up of four swimmers who all completed four 250m laps and David said: "Today was about the campaign and the spirit of fun."

"It was not too arduous, not too competitive."

Away from the water, David is now coming to the end of rehearsals for A Midsummer Night's Dream in which he will play Bottom alongside Sheridan Smith's Titania.

The production, directed by Michael Grandage, starts on September 17 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London and is David's first "proper theatre" since he appeared in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land in 2007.


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