As Head of Marketing and Communications globally for Earthwatch, I’ve decided to embark on a once in a lifetime challenge. This summer, I’m going to attempt to swim the English Channel. The challenge is both professional and personal: to increase awareness of the effects of climate change and pollution on the world’s oceans, raise vital funds for our research programme and to push myself to the limits of physical endurance. For fun.
Often dubbed ‘the Everest of open water swimming’, swimming the Channel is widely regarded as one of the most extreme physical challenges in the world. The 21-mile swim involves battling with the cold, tides and tankers – the Channel is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Training involves a year’s worth of swimming and cross training, culminating in a compulsory 6-hour sea swim before the attempt can be made. The swim itself can take anything up to 20 hours - if you make it. Less than 60 people attempt the crossing every year and more than half fail.
As part of the challenge I’ll be writing a regular blog for the environmental website Treehugger. You can also follow my blog at http://channelblogger.wordpress.com
You can also follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/channelblogger
How you can help…
Please help me to raise vital funds to support our research in climate change and oceans by making a donation to the campaign. I will also be fundraising to support Earthwatch’s youth programme – the future guardians of our planet.
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