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Jaguar Land Rover Channel Swim

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Ben Support For Life

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We support automotive industry people to improve their lives, health & wellbeing


I challenged myself along with my team of 13 in a two team relay to swim the English Channel on Thursday 24th August.   We spent over 9 months training for this and have asked the industry to get behind our own dedicated industry charity, Ben. Without our support, Ben couldn’t continue to provide much-needed services to our colleagues. 

Whilst preparing for the swim it was with great sadness that
we learned of the passing of two very special women passionate about our industry. Ruth Woolcock, the beloved wife of Ben’s Chairman Robin Woolcock and Deidre Clark, the cherished mother of Chris Clark one of our swim team members. Therefore we would like to dedicate the swim, and our endeavours to their memory.  They were both in our thoughts as we tackled the channel.

The English Channel takes swimmers anything from 7 and 27 hours to complete. As one of the busiest and most hazardous shipping lanes in the world, we knew the Channel would be a cold and choppy challenge. But as a team, and with your support, we made it in 16.5 hours! 

Here’s a note from each member of the team prior to the swim:

Rachel Thompson
 I've done quite a bit of open water swimming in the past, but that was before children... this is completely different though. But I'm loving the training - just need to do more of it!

Liisa Janov
 Since joining a triathlon club, I can honestly say I enjoy swimming – let’s hope this challenge doesn't change my view!

Scott Dicken 
 Swimming has always been my nemesis. It’s baffling that I can run a marathon and yet a few laps in a warm pool seem harder physically and psychologically. The time has come to conquer my nemesis.

Alistair Morgan
 I have always thought of myself as a strong swimmer, having once been a regular swimmer and water polo player. But that was all 20 years ago…

John Fossey 
 I have done a number of open water swims, so for me the Channel challenge was an instant ‘yes!’

Richard Gavan
 I swam competitively at school, but learning to swim in open water was something very different.  Coping without a wetsuit will be a real baptism of fire!

Amanda Binner 
 I was a competitive swimmer from a young age and I dreamed of swimming the Channel since I was 10. I can’t believe I’m in training now for this.

Adrian Wallington 
 Since signing up in November I have had a weekly swimming coach. I still have a long way to go to be ready and very determined to succeed.

Niall Hooper
 Apart from a 5km charity swim and spending time in the pool on holiday I haven’t done much swimming. But Jeremy has convinced me to take part in this challenge.

Chris Clark
 I thought I had done it all - from ice climbing to scuba, ski touring to 70.3 triathlons… and then I signed up to this challenge!

Paul Barrett
 Despite living less than 15 miles from the Channel I haven’t been swimming in it for the best part of 50 years!  

 Martin Casha 
 I’ve completed the Great North Run (more than 10 times!) as well as the full New York Marathon. Hopefully should be fit enough for the swim.

Mark Kuzminski
 I've swam in calm lakes and a warm wetsuit.  Can't say I'm looking forward to taking on the rough ocean and its sea monsters, armed only with goose fat and a pair of trunks!

Thank you for all of your support!

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About the charity

Ben Support For Life

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RCN 297877
Ben is dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, providing support for life for them & their family dependents. Ben works with people to improve their lives by enhancing their health & wellbeing through its free & confidential online self-help, helpline and support services.

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