duo plan to swim across English Channel for charity
Burnham-On-Sea ladies are planning to swim the 21 miles of the
English Channel in September to raise thousands of pounds for
Bowden, 32, and Lindsay Francis, 32, will attempt to complete
the feat in less than 16 hours.
changing tides, some of the heaviest traffic of any waterway in
the world, and strong currents will make it a daunting swim.
pair, who became friends at primary school 25 years ago, hope
to raise thousands of pounds for Somerset-based charity Help The
Child, which assists children with physical disabilities, learning
difficulties and sensory impairment.
swim is scheduled to take place between September 12th-18th and
will be carried out as a relay between Shakespeare Beach in Dover
to Cap Gris Nez in France.
will swim an hour each then swap over and we aim to complete the
whole event in less than 16 hours," Sarah told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
distance is 21.7 miles, however swimmers normally find they do
around 30 miles due to the strong currents."
will have to follow strict rules in order to complete the challenge,
including being restricted in wearing a standard swim costume,
a pair of goggles and a swim cap."
will also be using plenty of goose and duck fat to ensure the
jellyfish slide off us, rather than sting us. It will also hopefully
add a little insulation too since the water temperature varies
only between 15°C and 18°C, so it's chilly."
also have to hire the services of a support boat with a trained
pilot and observer who will verify that we complete the swim under
the guidelines of The Channel Swim Association."
explained that when she was younger she used to be an active member
of Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club, which is where her love of the
I started my job as a midwife the swimming stopped, but about
a year ago I decided to set myself a challenge and it was then
that she decided to swim the channel. I had to find someone to
swim and immediately thought of Lindsay."
is a keen triathlete, so when Sarah asked her to swim with her,
she jumped at the chance of being a part of the challenge.
money raised for Help The Child will provide a boost to children
with physical disabilities, enabling the purchase of specialised
equipment and educational toys.
sponsor the pair, see http://www.justgiving.com/channelswim-helpthechild