He had already completed an 87 mile run from London, and was planning to cycle a further 182 miles to Paris once he reached the French coast. Now, this a strong goal for him. Mr Waymark was originally from Swansea. “Just 25 people have completed it and of the last six attempts none have been successful,” he said on Facebook four days before his death.
A tribute on Enduroman’s website said: “Our friend Douglas Waymark sadly passed away swimming to France during stage 2 of his Solo Arch to Arc.” His sister Jo Ikel wrote: “He was my brother and one of the most competitive people I know. He would always be the first to try something and then see if he could better it. He was a loyal and hilarious friend with a massive friendship group … he is deeply missed by all who knew him as well as those who have only heard of him.” Waymark had participated in a number of endurance events before. He had previously reached the summit of Mount Everest. Among other events he finished was the Double Enduroman in 2014, which is made up of a 4.8-mile swim, 230 miles of cycling and a double marathon. On Tuesday afternoon, Enduroman posted on its website: “He had gained massive respect amongst all who knew him. The Enduroman community will miss him and will never forget him.”