Poachers overcome jellyfish and big waves to complete Channel swim in record time for regimental charity

A team of soldiers braved swarms of stinging jellyfish, giant bow waves from container ships and a 10-degree drop in their normal training environment to complete a relay swim of the English Channel in record time.

A depleted squad, through illness and injury saw Captain Chris West of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers) and four soldiers complete the 21-mile crossing of the channel on Tuesday (24) in 11 hours, 43 minutes, comfortably beating their target of 15 hours.

Their time also beat the previous regimental record of 13 hours and 12 minutes set by a six-strong team from the 1st Battalion (The Vikings) in 2004.


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