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Ashley Christopher

Shirley Pool Sea Dogs Channel Relay Swim

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[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]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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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

Aug 24, 2019


Good luck, from Lachlan.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 24, 2019

Ruth Cunio

Good luck, lads....such a good cause - I will never complain about you hogging the fast lane again 😜😜😜


Aug 24, 2019


Aug 23, 2019


Good luck guys

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 21, 2019


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 21, 2019


Good luck to you all.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid