The cross channel swim. 21 miles. Cold, wet (of course) and busy with ferries, jellyfish and tankers. Next year Susan Taylor will be attempting to swim the channel, raising money for Diabetes UK and Rainbows Hospice.
Now deep into her training, we heard from Susan:
“In July 2013 I’m going to take on a challenge tougher than conquering Everest – Swimming the English Channel solo.
“Less than 1,000 people have completed the 21 -mile cross-Channel swim – only one in ten people who train for the channel actually complete it.
“The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with over 600 tankers and 200 ferries crossing it every day. Other problems include debris, jellyfish, currents and tides.
“As part of the challenge you are not allowed to wear anything that aids buoyancy or warmth, but I’ll be accompanied by a support boat to ensure I stay out of trouble.
“I hope to undertake this epic challenge in the week beginning 13 July 2013.
“Rainbows Hospice helps support thousands of families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness, while Diabetes UK has set itself the mission to improve the lives of people with the condition and work towards a future without diabetes.
You can find out more about the challenge and sponsor me on my fundraising page.”