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Follow That Fire Engine - Sweat Team

8 team members

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Team story

<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Welcome to Follow That Fire Engine - Sweat Team</strong>.</span></p> <p>From all the sweat team thank you&nbsp;so much for taking the time and effort to sponsor us in our goal of raising as much money as possible for <a href="http://www.followthatfireengine.com">www.followthatfireengine.com</a></p> <p>After dominating 4 Marathons and the Lanazarote Ironman the next event is:</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">ENGLISH CHANNEL SWIM</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">Athlete</span>:&nbsp;David Orders</p> <p><strong>Approx Swim Date = 5th July 2010</strong></p> <p>The concept again is simple. Walk off the beach on the south coast of England near Dover and keep swimming until you feel the rocks and sand of northern France. When you&rsquo;re able to stand up you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p>Point to point the distance between Dover and cap Gris-Nez (the ideal landing spot in France) is 21 miles. However the tides are strong as the Atlantic funnels into the North Sea and then back again with the cycle of the moon. As a result swimmers generally track between 28 and 35 miles.</p> <p>The rules of engagement are quite strict as the governing bodies want to keep the challenge the same since Captain Matthew Webb first completed the feat in 1875. To be an official channel swimmer you can only have a pair of speedos, a hat and goggles. You coat yourself in goose fat (or modern day equivalent) just prior to starting the challenge to try to maintain some body heat for as long as possible.</p> <p>In terms of time, as a guide, the quickest crossings happen in about 7 hours. The slowest in 27 hours.</p> <p>In terms of difficulty I like to relate it to Everest. Quote from the channel swim database website is below:</p> <p>811 individuals have swum the channel, completing 1185 crossings. For reference, by 2004 Everest summit had been climbed 2049 times according to http://www.everesthistory.com/everestsummits/summitsbyyear.htm or nearly 2x as often. In 2005 &ndash; a cracking year &ndash; there were 79 crossings of the channel whilst in 2004 there were 330 climbs to the summit of Everest</p> <p>I&rsquo;ll be aiming for a time in the region of 12 hours. This will be massively dependent on the conditions which is what makes the channel so difficult. The water temperature in early July (when I&rsquo;m doing the challenge) should be in the region of 15 C. So if dealing with the very busy shipping lanes, the often choppy conditions and the jellyfish (and other wildlife!) isn&rsquo;t enough I&rsquo;m likely to be hypothermic in the second half of the challenge (when the goose fat has worn off). Can we all please have a little prayer to Neptune in July to be kind to me!</p> <p>I&rsquo;m currently in training. Fingers crossed!</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Who are the Sweat Teams?</span></strong></p> <p>Inspired by this daunting endurance challenge many of the crews&rsquo; friends have decided to take on their own test of stamina with the aim of raising further funds for the official FOLLOW THAT FIRE ENGINE charities. The Sweat Teams are:</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">English Channel Swim</span>: <strong>Dave Orders</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">Lanzarote Ironman</span>: <strong>Paul Barham, Dave Orders, Ross Shepley-Smith </strong>and <strong>Thomas Wicka</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">Barcelona Marathon</span>: <strong>George Troughton, Matt Poderoso(Seve)</strong> and <strong>Simon Lowans</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">Engadin Ski Marathon</span>: <strong>Paul O&rsquo;Sullivan</strong> and <strong>Debs Grant</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">Brighton Marathon</span>: <strong>James Adams</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;">London Marathon</span>: <strong>James Dare, David Stewart</strong> and <strong>Matt Weston</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">What is FOLLOW THAT FIRE ENGINE?</span></strong></p> <p>FOLLOW THAT FIRE ENGINE is dedicated to the memory of Garth Moore, who passed away last year at the age of 63, after a brave battle with lung cancer. Garth was a Fire Fighter and dedicated his life to fighting fires and saving the lives of others over the course of his 33 years in service.</p> <p>This charity has been set up by his son Steve who is leading an expedition to attempt a Guinness World Record by circumnavigating the globe in a fire engine! Read all about it on <strong><a href="http://www.followthatfireengine.com">http://www.followthatfireengine.com</a></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The expedition is entirely self-funded which means <strong>100% of money raised will go straight to our chosen charities:</strong> Macmillan Cancer Support, The Fire Fighters Charity and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.</p>

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Personal Challenge Date

05 Jul 2010


Nov 7, 2010

Richard Sealy

Dave - congrats on the swim (sorry - bit late sending this through) - awesome achievement

£50.00 plus £14.10 Gift Aid

Sep 5, 2010


Amazing achievement Dave!

£150.00 plus £42.31 Gift Aid

Aug 10, 2010

Ben James

Well done Wicka, better late than never...

£30.00 plus £8.46 Gift Aid

Jul 29, 2010

Kathryn C

As promised - for getting across in under 12 hours (that'll teach me :) ) Good luck for your next adventure.

£500.00 plus £141.03 Gift Aid

Jul 27, 2010

Ed White (Alec's BM)

I understand they have ferries across the Channel with comfy seats and bars, but superb effort in doing it the hard way.

£20.00 plus £5.64 Gift Aid

Jul 26, 2010


Congrads...awesome time ....what's next? I suggest Cuba to Florida http://www.secondact.com/2010/07/at-60-years-of-age/ Yash

£25.00 plus £7.05 Gift Aid

Jul 13, 2010


Well done mate - Rich

£50.00 plus £14.10 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2010


Well done Dave. Great job.

£20.00 plus £5.64 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2010

Rupert Graham

Congrats Dave!! A really amazing effort!! Go home and rest!

£50.00 plus £14.10 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2010

Mark Riggall

Mate, fantastic job, surprised to see you in the office today, thought you'd be taking a well deserved day off!!

£500.00 plus £141.03 Gift Aid

Paul Barham

Paul Barham

Matt Weston

Matt Weston

Ross Shepley-Smith

Ross Shepley-Smith

David Orders

David Orders

Thomas Wicka

Thomas Wicka

David Stewart

David Stewart

Matt Poderoso

Matt Poderoso

James Dare

James Dare