It’s funny who you bump into..


Walliams preparing for the next leg

Hi everybody!

It’s funny who you bump into when you take the dog for a walk. And I do mean funny.

Enjoying a stroll along the River Thames on Saturday morning, I spotted a man in a wetsuit emerging from a morning swim in the murky waters. He was surrounded by several boats and canoes, and a hundred people or so. 

Then I realised it wasn’t just a casual swim – this was comedian David Walliams in the middle of his epic challenge to swim the length of the River Thames from Lechlade to Westminster – 140 miles in all.


Swimming with entourage

Miranda in canoe

Dog incident

Does my bum look big in this

Swimming with minder





He was raising money for Comic Relief, and supporting him (while wobbling precariously in a kayak) was funny-woman Miranda Hart.

David had a brief breakfast stop at one of my local hostelries and then set off downstream to continue his massive endurance test.

He was approaching Cookham lock with a strong front crawl stroke when he was faced with a threat to his success more risky than the Thames tummy bug he’d suffered, or his ever stiffening shoulders… an over enthusiastic dog!

A Labrador launched himself into the water to swim to David, but began to tire. David helped it back to the side where its grateful owner hauled it out of the water to safety. The owner later told the television cameras that his dog, Vinnie, is having hydrotherapy treatment for a hip problem, and loves the water so much he leaps in whenever he sees it!

I’m writing this on Monday evening, having watched the TV footage of David completing his challenge in fine style. He climbed the steps out of the river at Westminster to the news that he’s already raised well over a million pounds to help people living in poverty both in the UK and around the world.

What an incredible achievement – eight consecutive days of swimming for 10 hours a day. I take my swimming cap off to him.

Lots of love, Kathy x


  1. Susan September 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Kathy! How wonderful to hear from you! I have missed your funny stories! How lovely to have seen some of David’s fabulous swim. And the dog…how funny. Especially that he has been having hydrotherapy and just loves the water! I just read Ali’s new blog and I bet you all had such a lovely time at her house a couple of weeks ago. You clearly have been such a support for her. I am wondering how you are yourself though? Is your shoulder still giving you jip? You never seem to complain! That’s the athlete in you no doubt!
    I also have to say how much I enjoy your hours and your presenting style. I adored your outfit the other morning – bright trousers and top. And some of the lovely dresses recently too. Really suit you.
    Do take care of yourself…and I heard you mention Bex’s trip up Kilemanjaro?! Write and let us know about that! What a girl!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  2. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen September 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    good to see you blogging again kathy. hope you are well may 2010 your last blog

  3. Cheryl September 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    How lovely to read an up-to-date blog from you, have missed your blogs. Just wanted to say that you are looking so lovely, I do try not to miss the morning show you really seem to enjoy yourself and are always bright and bubbly, even though you must be up so early. Your hair is looking lovely and you have been wearing some lovely outfits.
    I have also just read Ali K’s blog and you have been such a good friend to her in her hour of need, having been through breast cancer myself you really do find out who your true friends are and you are indeed a good friend to Ali.
    How are your children doing?
    Looking forward too the next blog.
    Love Cherylxx

  4. Sarah September 16, 2011 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    Kathy…Welcome back we’d love to hear from you more. You epitomise the lifestyles of many of us; we can relate to you, your family tales and your look. Like your colleagues you have clearly been a stalwart friend to Ali, who is incredible in her courage and dignity. You should organise a qvc breast cancer running event for next year, with qvc teams running all round the country, now that’s a challenge for an ex athlete to rise to……?

  5. Lorraine September 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Wow Kathy, Thank you, Great to have you back on board. Don’t wait so long next time.!! x

  6. Janice Reeves September 19, 2011 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, Welcome back have been looking for your blog constantly but have realised that you have been a power of support to Ali and have put your priorities in order, we all think of you and look forward to seeing you on QVC, you are looking great and are a great inspiration to us all, looking foward to hearing about you and your family in the near future, love from Janicexxx

  7. kathy olley September 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan.
    Thanks for your kind comments – I’m going to try to blog most weeks, so will definitely update you on how bex got on, but I can tell you now – she made it to the top! I’ll post a photo for you. My shoulder is slowly getting better, thank you, but I now have an ankle problem that I’ve suffered from before, which has stopped me running in the Royal Parks half marathon in October. I was hoping to raise money for breast cancer, but I’m now aiming for next year, as long as my body lets me!

  8. kathy olley September 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Thanks, Martin. I’ll try to write another rather more quickly this time!

  9. kathy September 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cheryl.
    Thank you – I appreciate the compliments. I’m planning to make a habit of blogging again, so watch this space and I’ll update you on what the children are getting up to. And yes, Ali and I are good mates – we started at QVC together over 11 years ago and have been close ever since. She’s a good friend, and coping so well with all the rubbish that life is throwing at her at the moment, as you can tell by her entertaining blogs. She never loses her sense of humour, which is a lesson some of us could learn from when we hear ourselves whinging about trivial problems. definitely me, anyway.
    Take care!

  10. kathy September 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sarah, and thanks! Good idea – when Ali is feeling better she certainly wants to do some fundraising, and I will be right beside her. We’ll let you know when we have some plans.

  11. kathy September 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine. i’m sorry its been so long, but I promise to try to post a regular blog again, just a case of getting organised!!

  12. kathy September 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Janice. Sorry you kept looking when i wasn’t here! But i’m back now, and will try to update you on what’s going on with my life and family over the next few weeks. Thanks for your comments!

  13. angela white September 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    hello kathy,hope you are well did you used to run at aldersley stadium in wolverhampton in the 80s? my mom used to work in the bar there. looking forward to hearing more from you, take care x

  14. Susan September 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Not a are looking so well it’s just speaking the truth. And as someone else said we can all relate to you. I do love the way you present. Never preachy. Lovely. I cannot believe how amazing Bex did! To the top! I can’t wait to hear about it! Amazing gal!
    Take care and protect that ankle!

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