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raised of £4,000 target by 121 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,743 to Swim the Channel and support Cancer Research UK + MCS

    Funded on Thursday, 19th August 2021

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    In June, six swimmers from the University of Cambridge will race against the Oxford across the English Channel in a relay from Dover to Calais.

    Every two years since 1998, Cambridge have competed against Oxford in this Varsity Channel Relay Swim. This is our 11th time taking on Oxford, after it was postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are counting on your support to help us get to the start line, and eventually to France!

    This year in memory of Nick Thomas, who co-founded the relay and was an endless source of support, we will be raising money for Cancer Research UK, a charity close to Nick and his family's heart. 25% of all the money we raise will be donated to this charity. Another 25% will be going to the Marine Conservation Society UK, to support their vital work protecting our seas and coastlines.

    One swimmer will be in the water at all times, each of us swimming for an hour on rotation until we reach French shores. We will be swimming along a piloted boat for the whole route and those who are not in the water will be resting up and cheering the swimmer on from deck! As a six person relay, we'll be hoping to make it across in between 8 and 12 hours. Wetsuits are not allowed for the swim, so our only protection from the waves (not to mention jellyfish) will be a swimming costume, a cap, a pair of goggles and a strong mentality.

    We will be training in Jesus Green Lido, the River Cam and further afield - all to help us acclimatise to the cold. The water is expected to be around 15 degrees at the time of our swim. For context, typical 'cold' swimming pools are about 27 degrees! Given the extreme and highly unpredictable conditions, the swim provides a great opportunity for each swimmer to test their physical and mental limits.

    In normal times we would raise some of our funds by holding fundraising events and socials, but this year due to Covid-19 and social distancing rules this will unfortunately be unable to happen, so we are hoping to crowdfund. By supporting us, you will be helping us to cover the substantial cost of the pilot boat, the registration with the Channel Swimming Association and transport to Dover, as well as supporting an two extremely worthwhile charities.

    Thank you so much for reading our story, and in anticipation for any donations you are able to give.

    Dan, Evie, Ella, Charlotte, Kazimir, Matt, Isabelle & Jack

    Cancer Research UK:

    Marine Conservation Society:



    • Cambridge Open Water7 months ago
      Cambridge Open Water

      Cambridge Open Water

      7 months ago

      We are one our way! The race is starting at 11.45 tonight and can follow updates here ( and GPS tracking the Viking Princess II here ( Thank you again for all of your support so far! GDBO

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    • Cambridge Open Water7 months ago
      Cambridge Open Water

      Cambridge Open Water

      7 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      If you've already donated - thank you! If not, every donation now goes straight to our two charities and the great work they do. With just under a week to go until the race we're excited to keep pushing towards our fundraising target and every little helps!

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    • Cambridge Open Water8 months ago
      Cambridge Open Water

      Cambridge Open Water

      8 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We've almost covered the costs of the swim, so more and more of your support will go straight to MCS and Cancer Research UK.

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    9 months ago

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    • Rach


      Jun 30, 2021


    • Mark Paterson

      Mark Paterson

      Jun 27, 2021

      Well done Ella & team.


    • Paula


      Jun 26, 2021

      Great cause. Well done

    • 2913


      Jun 26, 2021

      What an amazing achievement! Well done xxx


    • Tracy Williams

      Tracy Williams

      Jun 25, 2021

      Well done Cambridge!#Charlotte Rowlands

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    • Anonymous


      Jun 25, 2021

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