For the first time since the middle of Lyme Bay, which was over a month ago, there was no current.

There was nothing at all helping me along apart from sheer determination.

I always hoped that as I got closer to the end, the thought of Dover would pull me in and spur me on.

Whilst I still expected the swimming to be hard, I was hoping that mentally it would get easier and easier.

But that just hasn't happened.

It's getting harder.

I'm mentally and physically exhausted, my team are too.

We are all only just about managing to keep going on far too little sleep.

This swim though has really pushed us to the edge as it was my slowest swim of the entire expedition.

It took me two and a half hours to swim just 7.9km.

At other points, I've done that distance in a single hour.

There was meant to be a current, and yet for some reason there just wasn't one.

It's nobody's fault, it just happens sometimes in neaps and is a stark reminder that we are at the mercy of sea.

This is especially worrying as the storm is meant to hit over the bank holiday weekend, so we are expecting to lose an entire day at some point due to the bad weather.

I am running out of time to get to Dover for Wednesday.

As soon as conditions are safe, I will swim night and day to get there.

There was one major positive that kept me going however.

I was joined by my old friend Otto Thaning.

Otto is the oldest person to have swum across the English Channel aged 73.

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He came along to swim with me today as he is training to do it all over again aged 77.

If that wasn't impressive enough he's also a heart surgeon.

When my father passed away Otto took me under his wing and became like a father to me.

He guided me and looked after me.

I pray that we will swim in the English Channel together many more times.

I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for him - he is the physical embodiment of fortitude.

Now, he also reminds me of the fragility of life.

He reminded me of why I'm doing this - because of the impact of climate change, overfishing and pollution.

It reminded me why I'm campaigning for change in the government's policies towards our oceans.

Yes, it's hard.

But, it matters.

4.9miles (7.9km) - Total distance 301.2miles (484.74km)