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South London Allsorts

6 team members

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Team story

[p]NEW NEWS FLASH! 23 July 2020 – and so, it is done! After 18 hours and 40 minutes of solid swimming and a nail-biting ending (will they/won't they make it?), the South London Allsorts have swum the Channel. [b]Thank you[/b] for all the support from friends, families and the Tooting Bec Lido community – amazing stuff on both social media and in person. Thank you to the pilot, Neil Streeter and his crewman, Toby – they were awesome. Plus Eddie Spelling and Michael on the Anastasia, without their rib we wouldn't have made it! And to Deborah Vine, the CS&PF observer, who was wonderfully encouraging. [/p][p]And finally, [b]thank you to everyone[/b] who has donated so generously on this page.[/p][p]NEWS FLASH! 20 July 2020 – last Friday we heard that boats are now allowed to take relay teams of six people (up until that point only solos, 2-person and 3-person teams were allowed because of Covid 19 restrictions and we thought we might have to wait another year!). A mad scramble ensued, the lovely pilot called and it looks as though we are set for a start time of 30 minutes past midnight on Tuesday evening. Oh my gosh, this could be it![/p][p]The South London Allsorts are a disparate group of women drawn together through friendships and acquaintances but, most of all, through our love of swimming. We are all sorts of shapes, sizes, ages and nationalities! Five members (plus our wonderful reserve) are based at Tooting Bec Lido and all are members of the South London Swimming Club – the club that organises the biennial UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. None of us have swum the Channel before, though two have supported other teams across the Channel. We are raising money for three amazing charities: Central London Samaritans because Charlotte volunteers with them, Alzheimer's Society because Clare's dad suffered from dementia in his last years, and the Croydon Community Against Trafficking – a local charity that works to raise awareness of human trafficking, oppression and the enslavement of people.[/p][p]Here are some training highlights from 2019: [/p][p]4 May – a cold swim at the London Docks in preparation for the two hour qualifier (in water 16 degrees C or under). The water was 11.2 degrees in the Royal Victoria Docks and everyone managed an hour, with Charlotte clocking up an hour and a half. We are all hoping for a two or three degree increase and a much warmer air temperature before going for the two hours. It was VERY cold![/p][p]Tauni managed her two hour qualifier in Brittany in one of her favourite swim spots. At 13 degrees C it was cold but she was in the water for two and a half hours![/p][p]18 May – Beautiful Shepperton Lake at 13.8 degrees C. Although cold everyone managed their two hours – hurray! Now we are all qualified to swim in a Channel relay, including the lovely Julie, our reserve.[/p][p]1 June – Fabulous swim in the sea at Brighton – glorious weather, calm sea and not too cold! Everyone swam for an hour and a half. We then had a well deserved, and delicious, plate of fish and chips.[/p][p]9 June – A swim for four of the team in Dover Harbour. Great camaraderie with the Dover Training crew. Cold sea but over an hour swum by all, followed by a cooked breakfast. Not long to go now![/p][p]17 June – the whole team together in Brighton for a moonlit swim. And what a magical swim it was! The sea was a little lumpy but the pink moon and the sparkling lights of Brighton made up for any sea water swallowed. Thanks to Mick and his family for providing stupendous beach support and to the Brighton Swimming Club for being so welcoming and helping us around the Pier. Last team meet up before our window opens on 22 June.[/p][p]28 June – our window closes on 30 June and it doesn't look as though the weather will be good enough for a crossing before it closes. We still aim to make it across the Channel this season but we will have to wait for a reserve spot over the summer. THANK YOU for all the amazing, generous donations and we will keep you updated![/p][p]18 July – still waiting fro the call! It looks as though we may have to wait until September as team members start going on holiday and the weather is still not settled. Five of the team went to the Royal Docks again for a swim followed by a showing of the film about Beth French – Against the Tides – and her attempt to swim the Oceans 7 in a single year. The water was a toasty 21 degrees![/p][p]23 September – and we are still waiting for the call! We are now third on the tide with a week of bad weather coming up in the Channel so it looks as though we may not make it on this tide. There is one more tide this year and if we don't manage to get out on that one our challenge will have to continue into next year! Fingers crossed for this year![/p][p]28 September – instead of being in the Channel because the weather was, once again against us, the team got together at Tooting Bec Lido the 10k challenge. The team spirits were high as we swam a mile each of the 110 lengths in relay. Tauni heroically swam the extra 2 lengths. We were unhappy not to be in the Channel but it was great to get together again. It looks as though we won't make it across this year. Roll on 2020 and watch this space![/p][p]16 October 2019 – the weather continues to be blowy and horrible in the Channel and our window of opportunity to cross the Channel this year has closed. We should know by November what slot we have for 2020. Meanwhile, we will carry on training. [/p]
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Oct 8, 2020


From Ann's cousin and a friend

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2020


form Liz and Mary


Sep 24, 2020

Russell Smith

Ann no doubt the best achievement so far from a Wimbledon fan, much admiration for you.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 30, 2020


Stirling effort!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2020


Money received offline from Pippa McDonald

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2020

Ellison Craig

Well done Clare & team!


Aug 16, 2020


Well done everyone

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 11, 2020


Well done Ann and all Allsorts! Angie and Davexx

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Aug 3, 2020


Well done you Allsorts!

£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Aug 2, 2020

Maureen Lambie

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Susan Rentoul

Susan Rentoul

Tauni Lanier

Tauni Lanier

Charlotte Simon

Charlotte Simon

Helen Needham

Helen Needham

Ann Brimelow

Ann Brimelow

Clare McRobbie

Clare McRobbie