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Deborah's English Channel Swim

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Update: I'm swimming to France again with a team of 4 amazing women, leaving tonight at 11am (16 July 2019). 

Fundraising: I've now raised £21,000 over all of the swims I've done, the one way Solent swims, the inaugural two-way Solent swim, my solo Channel swim, and this relay with the Sharketts 222.

September 2017.

I did it! I swam across the English Channel and have so far raised £20,717 over the past few years through long distance swimming and I'm hoping to make it £21k for the 21 miles I swam.

It wasn't easy, I started at 0632 and landed on the French beach at Wissant just before midnight. With challenging conditions for most of the swim, and I got cuaght in the infamous Frencg tides for a few hours a couple of miles away from France, and it took me 17 hours and 23 minutes. I couldn't have done it without my amazing crew, Robert (The Laird) my husband and coach, and freind and swim buddy Ruth Williamson, shore supprt Danny Bunn, my captain and  crew of my ilot boat Suva, Neil Streeter and everyone who has swam with me or offered me support in many various ways over the past three years. A solo swim to France is far from a solo effort.

*The full list of over 100 prizes I've collected is at the end of the info below about the swim and all of the charities I'm swimming for. My way of saying thank you and giving something back to everyone who has helped me raise over £10k for the past three swims and for everyone donating to the five charities for the Channel swim. 


Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and helping one of more of the life-changing charities I'm swimming for.Sometime between 28th August and the 4th September 2017 I will set off from Dover and swim 21 miles across the English Channel to France.

I'll be doing this mammoth challenge to raise funds for five charities close to my heart. I lost my dear mum far too young to heart problems, and she also overcome breast cancer, my husband Robert, who also coaches me, has miraculously survived major lung issues, I have friends whose lives have been transformed by having an assistance dog, and I know far too many people who are fighting cancer or friends whose parents have been diagnosed with dementia. This is why I have chosen the 'Fantstic Five' charities.

The Channel is famously unpredictable and one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. I will have a pilot boat alongside me guiding my way, and once I start the swim, I will not be allowed to touch the boat or a person until I step on French sand/rocks. I'm told that more people have climbed Mount Everest than swam the English Channel.

There's a likelihood that the swim will cover many more miles with the tides pushing me sideways as it changes every 6 hours. Most swimmers paths are an 'S' shape because of this. The swim will take around 14 - 16 hours depending on the weather and conditions on the day. I hope that with all my regular training and hard work it will take less, but the Channel is like a wild mistress, so it may take much longer if she becomes tempestuous on the big day. If I miss the infamous French tide it could add hours to the swim as I'm pushed along the coast, if that happens my determination will see me through. .

This year I will be, training regularly every week in the pool, and then I'll start back in the see soon for some dips and then begin upping my training in the sea around April/May, gradually building up my distances back up again in the cold sea. I completed a 6 hour qualifying swim last October in water that was 15 -15.4C, and I will do another 6 hour qualifier this year, as well as some weekends where I'll do 7 & 6 hours swims, and possibly one longer swim of 10 hours. A friend will be taking me out on his boat for some practice out at sea and also some nighttime swims.

As always, I just swim in my swimsuit, cap and goggles, and have no assistance from the thermal qualities and buoyancy of a wetsuit, and they're not allowed under the 'Channel Rules'. Which means I have to keep moving to stay warm and not become hypothermic.

I hope to raise lots for this wonderful charity and all the children they help with life threatening illnesses, so if you can sponsor me I would be very grateful. 

And I'll never give up until I reach France! I'll be praying the weather Gods allow me to swim across without too much drama. :-)

Any questions, just ask.

If you want to follow my progress, follow/like me on these links -

Twitter - @DHerridge68

Instagram - @deborahschannelswim

I have 102 Prizes!

For every £5 donated to one of the five charities you get 1 ticket, so donate £20 and get 4 tickets, and so on. I’ll do the prize draw after I’ve returned from swimming to France and my arms work again.


Ameo Powerbreather – Ameo Powerbreather Wave Easy

Stephanie Ancell - bottle of Champagne

Anorak - Kissing Hedgehogs Picnic Pouch & Picnic Rucksack

Katherine Anteney - Vintage Swimmer print Limited Edition 1/10

Aspinal of London - A Large Essential Pouch Bag

Fiona Bettles - A selection of gorgeous homemade raw chocolate

Andy Bennettt - Framed photos x 3 *we might be auctioning these instead

Brutal Events - Two entries to The

Big Brutal Swim and a Hoody

Boden - £50 gift voucher

Boots UK - Scholl Velvet Smooth

Nail Collection Gift set

Buyagift - A Bungee Jump!

Elva Brabham – 2 x Watercolour Paintings

Carey’s Manor Hotel - 2 x Essence of SenSpa Spa Days

Coldpress Juices 3 x cases of juice (8 per case)

Clarins - Eau Dynamisante Gift set

Suzanna Cruikshank @SuzannaSwims - A Guided Swim Adventure in the Lake District

Kirsty Davidson Physiotherapy – a 45 minute deep tissue sports massage

Scott Dawson - The Wight Wolf Challenge 2018 free triathlon entry

Deakin and Blue - Swimsuit of choice from their first collection

Shelby Donoghue @twistedstitches – 3 x Crocheted hats & Beach Huts door stop

Nancy Farmer  - Framed Swim Art

Finishing Touches Gift Shop Lee-On-The-Solent – Jewellery Box

Funkita – Speed Racer Goggles

Andrew Fusek Peters - A signed copy of his book ‘Dip’

Gemma Glenton - Bem Bouquets A bouquet of flowers

Julia A Hamilton - Framed Mermaid Paper cut art

Deborah Herridge - Framed landscape photos & mounted prints

High on Bikes – 5 x SIS Sports Gift Sets

Nicky James - Satchel with owl print

Lynn Howarth - Limited Edition Swimmer Print

KEEN – a pair of Keen outdoor shoes

Kinamara – 3 x swim caps

Mike Lewis from ‘Did You Swim Today?’ – A DYST Hoodie

Cath Lowe Photography – A Framed black and white photo

Lala Mahakama @fishoutofwater -  Glass Art and an Original Acrylic Painting on canvas

Caitlin Hippity Hoppity Marchant - Vintage Map Butterfly in box frame

Elanor McBay - Knitted Mermaid

Charlie McLeod - Driathlon Robe and a Sports Cloak

Colin S Macleod - St Kilda Swim CD

Moshulu Shoes £20 voucher

New Wave Swim Buoy – 10 x Swim buoys

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine - 1 year monthly subscription to THE best swimmer's magazine

Keri-anne Payne - Signed tow-float from an Olympian!

David Pike Daveisbranchingoutt –

Beautiful hand turned acrylic pen

Quikdri - Adult’s tracksuit and Child’s tracksuit

Jeannie Roberts - Bottle of Champagne

Robie Robes - Classic Robie Robe

Kate Rew Outdoor Swimming Society – A signed Wild Swim book & 2 x OSS Swim caps & Drybags

Seasalt Cornwall - 2 x Jute goody bags

Selkie – 2 x Change Swim Bags

Solent Wood Burners Ltd- Richard Cooke - Solent RIB ride for two

Suunto - Spartan Sports watch

Swim Canary Wharf - 1hour peak one-to one session with Ray Gibbs

Swim HatsCo - Hoody and Sports bag

Swimovate Pool-Mate - Pool-Mate PoolMate2 swim watch

SwimSecure - 2 pink dry bags, 1 pink & 1 orange tow-float

SwimTrek Swimming Holidays - 3 x large Swimtrek towels

SwimQuest Swimming Holidays -

River Arun Swim voucher and goody bag

Votwo Entry for the Votwo Long Swim at Eton Dorney 24/9/17

Adam Walker - Signed Ocean Walker swim hat

John Watson Printmaker - Mermaid Reading framed print

Weird Fish Clothing - £100 voucher

The White Horse Dover - Two course lunch for two people

Zoggs UK - Training kit and sports bag

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