Last Friday the first Aspire Relay Channel Swim team of 2013, The Turtles, set off on what was to be a successful 13 hours and 52 minute crossing. The Turtles’ First swimmer, Julian, began at 2.30am, ploughing ahead into the darkness, lit only by a glow stick attached to his back. Each swimmer then does an hour leg and must follow in strict rotation. Should a swimmer feel unable to complete any section of their allotted leg, then the attempt becomes null and void and will not be recorded in the history books of Channel swimming. As Channel swimming is done without wet suits in cold, often choppy, waters, a great deal of skill, bravery and determination is needed by all members of the relay team. The success of a team is never guaranteed.
After months of training, however, The Turtles were triumphant and we’d like to extend a big thank you to Julian, Pip, Helen, Ruth, Katherine and Pauline for taking on the challenge and raising a fantastic £16,860 for Aspire.
Turtle team member Helen, said:
“It was huge fun both on the boat and in the water. I loved every minute. Thank you one and all. We acted as a team with everyone swimming their hearts out and all looking out for each other on the boat.”
Six more teams are due to go out this summer; we wish them
all the best and hopefully the same success as the Turtles!
If you are interested in swimming the English Channel for Aspire in 2014, find out more here.