Remember Katie Pumphrey, the artist and chronic-pain sufferer we profiled last year as she started training to swim the English Channel? She’s now in Dover, England, celebrating her successful completion of the swim in 14 hours and 19 minutes. She started out on the support boat Masterpiece at 2 a.m. Friday, and her friends and family helped keep her supporters in the loop via social media. We also caught up with her by phone afterward. Follow along with us.
“I was reaching that ‘If I quit, what would I tell people, what would I say?’ I didn’t think I was unprepared, just maybe I was having a bad day.”
Pumphrey’s team encouraged her to keep going a little longer, and at two hours Mahach was allowed to jump in and swim with her. Perhaps more importantly, the sun started rising, giving much-needed warmth.
So what’s next? Pumphrey, a professional painter, is moving to the District with Mahach, who is attending graduate school, and she hopes to devote more time to painting, which took a back seat to swim training. “I definitely want to keep swimming, but maybe, for now, just for fun.”
Kendra Nichols is the editor of Local Living.