POWS Channel Relay

Neil Brinkworth
Darren Ware
Mike Goodman
Andrew Butler



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Team story

[p]Answering to an article in a paper 4 plucky Plymouth Open Water Swimmers will be embarking a journey like no other undertaken by the 4 of them before.[/p][p][img]https://www.baumanrarebooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Men-wanted.jpg[/img][/p][p]At a day and time dictated by the weather between the 19th - 26th September 2021 the 4 middle aged, slightly rounded with hair going thin on top, with aches and pains will be attempting to cross the English Channel like countless others before them. The easy option would have been to have taken the ferry or go via the channel tunnel, and unlike Tim FitzHigham who rowed a bath tub across the English Channel these 4 chaps intended to swim across the English Channel as part of a 4 man relay in nothing more than their speedo’s, swimming caps and goggles.[/p][p][img]https://soloswimmer.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/sampleroute1.jpg[/img][/p][p]Like the advert they responded to the journey will be hazardous as they will be crossing the busiest shipping channel in the world, there is also a sting in the tail on this swim. The separation zone in the middle of the channel is home to a large congregation of jellyfish, some the size of dinner plates, with tentacles that trail through the water longer than a man is tall, being stung by several of these is all but guaranteed with certainty. They will have no time to stop and attended to their stings, press onwards onto France they must.[/p][p]Success isn’t guaranteed, nor should it be taken for granted. They will be swimming in periods of darkness with only the lights on their escort boat and their good humour luminating their way to the distant shores of France, some 21 miles away.[/p][p]No fear, the 4 swimmers have a secret weapon in their armour, or should I say tasteful delights in their picnic hamper. Fuelled on Devon and maybe some Cornish cream teas along with pasty’s our swimmers will be ready for any surprises or challenges the channel might have install for them.[/p][p][img]https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.4dzim423qamfeNBlZuQAaQHaE8%26pid%3DApi&f=1[/img][/p][p]All is not lost, there is some experience in the team of 4, one has already successfully solo swum the English Channel and has completed a relay. Another has successful relays under his belt and all but made it to France as a solo swimmer if it wasn’t for the channel ferries hampering his progress, resulting in his swim being aborted. But what we know he’s good for 15hrs 34mins of swimming, hopefully are 4 swimmers will be sipping champagne by then.[/p][p]Who are these 4 men I hear you ask, there’s Andrew Butler the farther figure of the group who’s boyish good lucks and charm won’t help him get across the channel but he looks good in all the photo’s. Next there is Darren Ware, the scarlet pimpernel of swimming, there won’t be any excuses from him on this swim. Then there is Mike Goodman, the store manager, hopefully he will have all his documentation in order now we’re out of the EU to ensure the team isn’t held up or delayed. Finally there is Neil Brinkworth the unofficial team captain who’s job it is to make sure they all turn up in the right place at the right time. After, all as mentioned these gentlemen are getting on and can easily forget where they put their glasses, what hope have they got getting to France.[/p][p]They have set themselves a goal of raising £2,000 for the RNLI, it seems quite befitting that they have chosen the RNLI to raise money for as they all swim in the open water/seas around Devon and Cornwall. They felt that that wanted to give something back to the brave crews who risk their lives saving others and keeping the seas safe for them to enjoy.[/p][p][img]https://rnli.org/-/media/news-centre/2020/mar/10/the_magnificent_severn_set_to_save_lives_for_another_25_years.jpg[/img][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

19 Sep 2021



Sep 23, 2021


Well done guys! Great effort


Sep 23, 2021

Jo Stevens

Well done


plus £0.75 Gift Aid

Sep 22, 2021

Fiona Maunder

Well done guys x


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 22, 2021

Terry and Sarah

Well done Andrew and all the team. You're all amazing!!!


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 22, 2021

Michelle Green

Fantastic effort guys

Sep 22, 2021


Good luck POWS Enjoy Be safe Have Fun


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 21, 2021

Paul D Essex based swim buddy

Good luck to you all.


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 21, 2021



Sep 19, 2021


Good luck Andrew, Neil and team sure you’ll smash it


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 19, 2021

The Halls

Smash it Uncle Mike 😊


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