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Ashley Christopher

Shirley Pool Sea Dogs Channel Relay Swim

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My story

[p]UPDATE[/p][p]River Itchen Biathlon (RIB). [/p][p]On Sept 21st 2019 a number of teams, consisting of 4 runners and 1 swimmer enter the RIB event. The race starts at the source of the River Itchen, in Cheriton. Runners following the course of the river, and running a section each, until they reach the slipway at St. Deny's Southampton. The swimmers then swim a loop down to Northam Bridge and back (2km). It was a fantastic event on a beautiful sunny day. [/p][p]Thank you to all the participants for your endeavors, the support crew and all the corporate sponsors whose kind and generous donations will go to the Shirley Sea Dogs Channel Relay fundraising.[/p][p][br][/p][p]CHANNEL RELAY [/p][p]We are please to announce on the 24th August 2019, The Shirley Dogs successful completed our challenge. [/p][p]We started from Samphire Hoe in Dover, in the dark, at 3am in the morning, heading for the French shores. We swam through two of the busiest shipping lanes in world and the strong tidal ebb and flow of the Channel.[/p][p]Each of us had to swim for an hour at a time in rotation, overcoming both the physical and psychological challenges of having to swim as hard and fast as we could with no sleep, in the dark, in deep cold water, through drifts of seaweed and with jellyfish.[/p][p]12hrs 40min after starting, we climb triumphantly upon the French Audresselles shore in just under the Cap Griz Nez. [/p][p]The Sea Dogs gave it everything they had and all said it was the hardest they had ever swam and felt amazingly proud of their own and the team’s efforts. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Shirley Pool Sea Dogs English Channel Relay Swim Challenge 22nd -29th [/b]Aug [b]2019[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]Shirley Pool Sea Dogs will attempt to cross the Channel as a relay team of 5. All the swimmers are from Shirley Swimming Pool, Southampton. Three are teachers and one, Chris, came to the pool 9 years ago to learn to swim![/p][p]The aim is to raise £10,000 for the Cancer Hospice at West End ( Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity) and The Society of St.James. [/p][p]Each swimmer will swim for an hour at a time, then changeover to the next swimmer. We hope to complete the crossing in fifteen hours.[/p][p]Leaving from Dover's Shakespeare Beach the distance is 21 miles but due to the tidal current the swimmers normally cover over 30 miles. So the quicker we swim, the less distance we have to travel. The pilot will try to land us on Cap Gris Nez, France. If we miss the Cap we can expect to swim another few hours.[/p][p]This swim will have different challenges to each of us. We will expect to swim in the dark, manage the 16c sea temperatures without wet-suits, jellyfish, flotsam and jetsam, the busiest shipping lane in the world, weather, possible sea sickness and our own mental demons![/p][p][br][/p][p]The England Channel is considered to be one of the most iconic sea swims in the world, with swimmers travelling from every continent to attempt it. More people have climbed Everest than swam the Channel.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Our swim " window" is from 22nd to 29th Aug 2019, which is on a Neap tide. We are the 3rd of 4 slots, which means we are the 3rd swim to go in the window (22nd to 29th Aug 2019). Depending on the weather, Thursday looks the most likely day to start, probably around 2am.[/p][p]Our pilot is the very experienced Stuart Gleeson of Sea Leopard. You will be able to track our progress on our facebook page (Shirley Sea Dogs English Channel Swim) or on the pool website (www.shirleyswimmingpool.co.uk )[/p][p]THE TEAM-[/p][p]Swimmers- Chris Cole, Dave Perry, Luke Perry, Steve Hansford and Ashley Christopher. [/p][p]Reserve Swimmer- Natasha Bye-Brooks[/p][p]Fundraisers- Jane Nichols and Kev Gallagher.[/p][p]listen to Chris Cole tell his remarkable and inspiring[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yrijWO-DvLI?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p] story of swimming the channel[/p][p]https://www.facebook.com/BBCRadioSolent/videos/2373123116109412/[/p][p]Ashley's story[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y2FO4MvktuY?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p]
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Nov 2, 2019

Ashley's family

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2019

Simon Ashley

Well done mate

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2019

Bunty Collins

Well one chap's all the best!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2019

Dave L

Well done guys!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2019

Martin Bolwell

Bit late but well done to you all. Great achievement and charities.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 17, 2019

Jennifer Davies

Such bravery and determination

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 29, 2019

Kerri-Emma Dobson

Aug 27, 2019

Julia and Neil


Aug 26, 2019


Honoured to be your reserve! You all were amazing. You smashed it team! Great charities to support too.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 25, 2019

Deb and Ian

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid