Phil Jones Harlequins Head of Youth Performance is taking part in the Great North swim on the 13th September in Lake Windmere (Lake District Cumbria) swimming to raise money for the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

Phil originally entered due to a family challenge from his mother Brenda, last year his sister Liz and her husband Mark took part in the first ever Great North Swim, with Mark finishing quicker than his sister, however Brenda throw the gauntlet that Phil would beat Mark this year. “I was surprised and not a little bit panicked when I found out that this challenge had been made, I use to swim a lot as a kid but haven’t been in a pool much in the last 20 years, however for family pride I had to accept to take part”.

The swim is held over a mile course in Windmere with the water temperature like to be 17 degrees or below, so swimmers must wear wetsuits, over 5000 competitors are taking part. Phil “my training at times has been going ok but all in a nice warm swimming pool where I can touch the end after 25m and I haven’t tried on the wetsuit yet which I am not convinced I will fit in”.

Phil is swimming on behalf of the Rugby League Benevolent fund “I thought as I was taking part, I should be swimming for a charity and this is a great cause and needs as much support as can be given, I am motivated both by what the sport has provided to me and also I coached Matt King when he was playing for our Academy team and suffered a devastating injury which has left him paralysed from the neck down”.

If you wish to support Phil in his quest to raise money either send Cheques “Payable to the “Rugby League Benevolent Fund” or cash to Dom Fenton, Harlequins Rugby League, Harlequins Training Ground, Richardson Evans Playing Fields, Roehampton Vale, SW15 3PQ