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Big Rick's 4-Way English Channel Relay

7 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]On 4th September 2018 Big Rick's Swim Team became the 1st team in Europe and only the 3rd team in the world to swim across the English Channel FOUR times in a row. Our team consisted of Paul Bates, Charlie Wheadon, Stuart Fuller, Ross Emery, Ryan Coley and Melanie Holland, with Sarah Oldrey as our incredible crew member who looked after us the whole time. [/p][p]The team completed the gruelling swim in 46 hours 13 minutes, after having battled strong tides and choppy waters for a large part of the challenge. The last leg was particularly tough, with the team having to battle for ages to break through the strong tides around the English shores. [/p][p]Take a look at the memories from the swim on our Facebook page: [url=https://www.facebook.com/BigRicks4Way2018/]https://www.facebook.com/BigRicks4Way2018/[/url][/p][p]Here's a video with some memories from our 18 months of training: [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm_VeUJFK6c]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm_VeUJFK6c[/url][/p][p]Have a listen to our interview with Daz Hale from BBC WM: [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avJXQRHuHXs&t=11s]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avJXQRHuHXs&t=11s[/url] [/p][p]We took on this gruelling challenge to raise money for both the British Heart Foundation and the Marine Conservation Society, with 50% of the total raised going to each charity.[/p][p][u]How the swim worked:[/u] Each swimmer rotated during the challenge - strictly keeping the same order throughout - with each team member swimming for one hour, then resting on the support boat while the rest of the team completed their own 1-hour swims. The team repeated this pattern until they had swam the English Channel 4 times non-stop! Most of the team swam 8 hours each. [/p][p]A few other facts about the swim:[/p][p]No wetsuits were allowed! (strict Channel swimming rules were in place - so just standard trunks for the boys and a costume for Mel)[/p][p]Stinging jellyfish - it was hard to avoid them in the Channel - especially when swimming it 4 times! [/p][p]Swimming through the night/in the dark - we had to do this 3 times in the end, as we started at night and also finished at night [/p][p]Cold water - average 16 to 18 degrees. (An average swimming pool temp is in the high 20s.) [/p][p]One of the busiest shipping lanes in the world [/p][p]We swam for a [i]minimum[/i] of 84 miles, but it was much further than this due to the strong tides[/p][p][b]But we did it!! Thanks for all your support! Remember, it's not too late to donate to our 2 chosen charities :-) [/b][/p]
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Oct 9, 2018


From the patrons and staff of The Shoulder of Mutton, Strumpshaw


Oct 4, 2018

Tunley Rod Bar Decoilers Ltd

Well done everyone, an amazing achievement!


Sep 26, 2018


Unbelievable what you all did. Well done!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 17, 2018


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 16, 2018

Mary and Cliff

Hello Charlie (and every one else), Well done to you all. I'll Just stick to my 30 lengths of Lutterworth baths! Mary

Sep 16, 2018

Matt and Hanna

Congratulations Charlie and the team, what a fantastic achievement!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 14, 2018

Ralph and Jenny Green

Huge congratulations to Stuart and the rest of the team

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2018


What a fantastic achievement guys. Special congrats to our man Charlie!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2018


Great job guys, well done

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2018


Hi Charlie, Many congratulations on finishing the English Channel Relay. What an amazing achievement. Look forward to catching up with you to hear all about it. James

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Melanie Holland

Melanie Holland

Stuart Fuller

Stuart Fuller

Caroline Saxon

Caroline Saxon

Ross Emery

Ross Emery

Charlie Wheadon

Charlie Wheadon

Ryan Coley

Ryan Coley

Paul Bates

Paul Bates