David Sanger

David's Solo Channel Swim

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My solo Channel swim was completed on Monday august 12th in 15 hours & 2 minutes. I swam 45 km in the Channel which was 18 Degrees C., took over 50,000 strokes & burned approx 15,000 calories. I set out from Samphire Hoe at 07.30 & landed on the beach at Wissent at 22.30 (UK time), supported by an excellent coach, Nils Young of Red Top Swimming; a wonderful friend, Mike Nash; & of course Peter Reed, the pilot of Rowena & his crew.

It was a crazy, ridiculous, endurance adventure & it took longer & was more more arduous than I had expected. I hated parts of it but overall it was a brilliant, unforgettable, epic, one off adventure.

Here is the background.....

In a moment of madness, after a 2.2 km swimming race in Cape Town on April 1st 2018 (Yes it really was on April's Fool Day!) I realised that I hadn't been cold even though the water temperature was 10.5 C, I decided to attempt to swim the English Channel.

Swimming from England to France had always been an ambition of mine, in common with many swimmers. But a fear of hypothermia & a dislike of swimming in cold water without a wet suit had always put me off, until that swim in Cape Town. What I failed to compute at the time was the rather important fact that the CT swim was 1.8 km & took about 32 minutes, whereas the Channel swim from Folkestone  to Cap Gris Nez in France is 36-44 km depending upon the tides and conditions and will take me about 15 hours!

Your sponsorship will enhance my determination to complete the Channel swim & it will also help so many children at Treloar's, which is the UK's leading residential school enabling education for disabled young people. 

 I have been a supporter of Treloar's for over 10 years. It is such a wonderful charity, helping so many disabled children to receive a fantastic education that would otherwise not be possible.

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Treloar’s is one of the UK’s largest specialist centres for young disabled people to live and learn. Right now, we have over 800 highly specialist staff are delivering outstanding nursing care, therapy, independence training and education to around 170 children and young people aged 4-25.

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