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The Wales Swim

On Friday 24th September I took part in The Wales Swim at Tenby. For some competitors it was part of a larger triathlon which lasted the rest of the weekend … yeah count me out of that thanks! The idea was I’d take part in this 3km race, so I could get some experience swimming in the sea and to be fair, I learnt quite a lot. For instance, never swim in the sea if you’ve got a cold, cus you’re only going to give yourself a fever! If you think that I look a bit pale and ill in the photo below, that’s because I am!

Channel swim for charity man -Jay Lane is swimming the Channel to raise money for the Canaan Trust.

LATELY, Jay Lane's been thinking about jellyfish.

He's also been thinking about cold water, rising and falling seas and the limits of his own endurance.

Mostly though, he's been trying to push out those thoughts and concentrate more on an image of him walking out of the water onto a French beach.

At some time in the next couple of weeks, Jay, 35, will walk into the water at Dover and make the gruelling, 12-hour swim across the Channel to Calais. He's doing it to raise money for the Canaan Trust, a homeless charity based in Long Eaton. Jay is a Canaan Trust board member.

Making a splash: Thousands turn out at Quays for first Great Salford Swim


Thousands turned out for the first ever Great Salford Swim – a mile long route through the Quays.

The day began with a clash of the titans – Germany's 5k open water world champion, Thomas Lurz and, Britain's 2012 Olympic hopeful Tom Allen fought it out in the elite men’s race.

Lurz edged ahead to win in 16mins 44secs, with Allen finishing just two seconds later. British world champion triathlete Alistair Brownlee came home in tenth place.

Another former pro, Britain’s 2004 Olympic medallist Steve Parry, 32, competed to raise money for the Christie hospital in Withington.

Channel swimmer raises over £15,000 for HOPE for Guernsey


Carey Olsen partner, Davey Le Marquand, has raised more than £15,000 for HOPE for Guernsey (Wessex Medical Trust) after completing his swim across the English Channel earlier this month.

Mr Le Marquand said he was thrilled with the total.

“This challenge was extremely demanding but I’m thrilled it has paid off and that I’ve raised £15,000 for such a worthwhile cause,” he said

Ooh, la, la! Making a splash for Help for Heroes

The original article is posted on Knutsford Guardian since 8:10am Sunday 26th September 2010

A TABLEY businessman has helped to raise more than £6,000 for charity after swimming the English Channel.

Ted MacDougal will donate the cash to Help for Heroes.

He chose the charity due to being a former member of the Territorial Army.

As part of a team of four businessmen from the area, he has completed one of the most daunting and physically challenging experiences that anyone will ever face.

Swim record left Becky feeling ‘down’

The original article is posted on North West Evening Mail since 10:38, Saturday, 25 September 2010

FURNESS swimmer Becky Lewis is among the elite, according to the man who guided her on her record-breaking Channel Swim last month.

The 26-year-old, from Little Urswick, smashed the British women’s record for swimming the English Channel by 21 minutes – a record that had stood for 20 years.

Setting off from Kent at 3am, she arrived on the French shore a mere eight hours and 35 minutes later.

Not satisfied with that time, the trained physiotherapist has vowed to try to break the men’s record next time, or attempt the staggering two-way channel swim.

Channel swim wrecked by stormy conditions

The original article is posted (with picture) on Manchester Evening News since September 24, 2010

A swimmer's brave bid to swim the English Channel for charity was cut short by violent seas – when she was just four miles from the French coast.

Heather Mather, 48, and her team mates had already swum 29 miles when they were forced to abandon their quest after being lashed by the stormy waters.

Heather said: "When we started out at first, it was fine and fairly calm, but it just got worse as we went along, with really choppy waters.

"I was just constantly sick the whole way through and it was horrendous. I was getting quite emotional throughout it, but I knew I couldn’t let the team down."

Deganwy woman swims from Asia to Europe in memory of dad

The original article by Judith Phillips is posted on North Wales Weekly News since Sep 23 2010 ,

A WOMAN swam from Asia to Europe to raise money for a hospice in memory of her late father.

Thousands of swimmers set to take plunge for British Gas Great Salford Swim

The original press release is posted on cision since Tuesday 21 September 2010

Salford poised for a Great day

Thousands of swimmers from across the UK will take part in the inaugural British Gas Great Salford Swim this weekend (26 September 2010).

The one-mile open water swim is the final instalment in the British Gas Great Swim Series, with 20,000 swimmers having signed up to take part.

The event, which is being staged at Salford Quays has attracted a bumper field of 2,000 swimmers, many of whom will be raising much-needed cash for good causes.

One such swimmer is Britain’s 2004 Olympic medallist Steve Parry, aged 32, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2009.

'I'm not really a swimmer...'

The original article by Ian Down is posted (with picture) on since Friday, 17th September 2010 at 11:18 am

I am not really a swimmer. I’ve never had a coach or a club. Recreational holiday swimming, with the occasional bout of keep-fit morning swims at the local pool, was about my lot. But I’ve secretly dreamed of swimming the Channel for years and years. I just never told anyone.

I signed up to the Light Fund swim around Gozo, Malta in the summer of 2008, which is how I started. I got the bug, so I carried on in 2009 and completed my first two marathon swims, Lough Erne and Lake Windermere.

In September 2009, I decided I would declare my dream and try to make it a reality; booking a pilot and his boat and crew for an English solo Channel attempt for the first week of August 2010.