Monday 4 June 2007

Virtual Channel Swim @ Culford School Sports Centre - Sunday May 27, 2007

Above: A small group of swimmers from Sudbury & District Swimming Club, West Suffolk Masters Swimming Club and Hoffy's "Virtual Channel Swim Team", assemble prior to each team swimming 1,344 lengths of Culford School's 25 Metre Pool.

As a means of raising additional funds for CLIC Sargent and St. Nicholas' Hospice, a group of swimmers assembled at Culford School the day after I completed my longest swim to date, and with shoulders still aching badly, and neck and shoulder raw from the previous day's adventures in the sea (see picture below).

Above: Shoulders and neck raw from 3.5 hours of pounding in Dover Harbour the day before the Virtual Channel Swim.

The idea was very simple. The English Channl is 21 miles across in a straight line. That equates to 1,344 lengths of a 25 Metre swimming pool. With six lanes between the three teams, we took two lanes each, and at 12.30pm we started to swim. At all times there was someone in each team swimming. We swam until we had swum 1,344 lengths per team. My team consisted of myself, Nick Amor, a solicitor at Gross & Co Solicitors, Glyn Hammond and Sean MacKenzie who swim with me in the mornings at Culford School, Mike Read who has swum the English Channel 33 times, Tom Gunning who swum the channel for 7 hours in 2006 before having to give up due to severe weather conditions, and two of Mike's friends Chris Berry and Gareth. I would like to thank you all personally for swimming. We all finished by 5pm and I think everyone enjoyed their day.

Above (left to right): Hoffy, Tom Gunning and Mike Read celebrate completing 1,344 lenths of Culford School pool.

I would like to personally thank the following people for all the effort they made to get the event up and running:-

There are two more clubs, Mildenhall and Stowmarket who are doing the swim in their own pools in June. Good luck to you all, and once I have an update with all the funds raised, I will post it here with all the photos.

Thank you eveyone for supporting this event, including my wife Beccy and my son Sebastian, who constantly give up their weekends to help me achieve my dream of swimming the English Channel.




Anonymous said...

I was involved in the early stages of this event but did little else but would like to thank all those who made the effort to make it a success, wspecially the West Suffolk Masters who are a new section of the club but certainly have the right spirit.

Don Neate

WSSC President

Anonymous said...

West Suffolk Swimming Club Masters squad are a really diverse and dynamic group of people who get together twice a week to swim for fitness. They are a wonderful group of people who did not hesitate when asked to give up their Bank Holiday Sunday to help out those less fortunate than themselves - thanks to all those who took part or who donated money.
Sara Gentry
WSSC Masters Coach

Hoffy Swims said...

Dear Don and Sarah - thanks so much for all your help and input and raising £297 for charity in the process! Well done and see you soon. Hoffy.