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So now to tell you about our challenge


During August 2012, 6 swimmers, all members of The Chalkwell Redcap Open Water Swimming Club will take on the challenge of swimming from The Crowstone at Chalkwell Beach to Southend Pier - and back again - THREE TIMES OVER.  This equates to approximately 15 kilometers.  They only have ONE TIDE, so approximately 6 HOURS in which to complete the challenge.

13 swimmers have been training their butts off for the past year building up their distance ability and as the date approaches, only the toughest will be chosen to attempt this challenge.  Any swimmers getting caught up in the tidal conditions and unable to complete the distance in time, may well find themselves struggling to walk back home across the mud flats.  A huge support team of volunteers will be on hand to ensure the utmost safety for each swimmer and various swimmers will be able to swim alongside the challengers for parts of the challenge to keep them company.  The support team will be on hand to wade out to the swimmers to provide jelly beans, bananas and glucose fluids.

On behalf of The Chalkwell Redcap Open Water Swimming Club, we would like to thank you for your donation.  Please do follow our diary, click on the link below where you can follow all the individual stories of all those involved in this huge challenge.

Iain Keenan


Recent donors

14.10.12 From Langdon Hills Golf Club.

10.10.12 £99, split £66 RNLI, £33 to ES&R. Received from : £41 crowstone crawls, £1 magazine donation from Kirsty Feily, £10 from Simon Edge, £47 from Kirsty Feily sponsors.

27.09.12 well done all, fantastic achievement.

21.09.12 Commission from REDCAPS SHOP

08.08.12 Well done

28.07.12 Beach collection on 21.7.12, plus monies from Langdon Hills Golf Club.

24.07.12 What an amazing achievement; well done to you all and especially to Stuart. Very proud of my little brother.

23.07.12 Well done everyone

21.07.12 Good luck guys, I'm off to the shops now for jelly babies for my floating feeding station! See you in the sea!!

17.07.12 Donations from Brookes & Company Guess My Time game for Lorraine Rate

11.06.12 Donations received from Queens Jubilee 2012 Charity Swim plus Chris Rate friends at Langdon Hills Golf Club

05.06.12 Go Redcaps!

28.05.12 Crowstone Crawl collection and Bettsy's Guess my Time for Eton and Great London

15.05.12 All the best on your challenge

07.05.12 T'Shirt Sales and Queens Jubilee Day donations Thankyou for your support in the 2012 Challenge.

07.05.12 I think you are all amazing to even think about doing this swim especially Helen Wildin!!!!

06.05.12 Lorraine, missed you at the Crowstone Crawl today so here's entry donations for Ami and I for the Jubilee Swim

04.05.12 I once accepted a lift from a life boat, so I am very happy to contribute, and I get a 2 mile swim on the 5th June and chips afterwards thrown in.

22.04.12 From Redcap members Pre-Season Party.

17.04.12 Good luck .


06.04.12 Just keep swimming!

19.03.12 Good luck everyone!!!

14.03.12 What a fab challenge! Respect!! Hope training's going well xx

05.03.12 Good luck guys/girls. Hope it all goes well.


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Last donor:
Christopher Rate
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