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Thirty One years ago I swam the English Channel for the first time. This year I am planning to do it again at the end of July. This time however I am doing it the long way, I will be starting from a different location, Dungeness.
As a result the crossing will be 25% longer than the traditional route, a distance of 26 miles. This has never been completed before so will be a World First when I complete the swim.
I have swum the English Channel solo a total of five times, my fastest crossing was in 1986 in a time of 8 hours 35 minutes.
The Dungeness to France swim has long been an ambition of mine and my coach Tom Watch to swim but due to the considerable cost of swimming the Channel I have always swum the tried and tested route from Dover.
I attempted the swim last year in August 2015 but due to an adverse reaction to numerous jelly fish stings and feeling unwell I did not complete the swim. So I have some unfinished business!
This was the first time I have never completed a Channel swim and will be the only time!
Last year I raised money for Julia's House, the Dorset Children's Hospice, providing respite care and support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.
Due to the fantastic generosity of my family, friends and colleagues I raised a total of £2400 an amazing donation to this most worthy cause.
I am re-opening my Just Giving page so I can add to this total so I can further assist children with life limiting illnesses. Please click on the link to donate.
I have visited the hospice and was a truly humbling experience and encourage you to donate whatever you can afford. The hospice requires £4.7 million a year to operate, only 7% of which is funded by the government.
The rest is received from charitable donations.Thank you for taking time to read my Just Giving page. I will provide regular updates on my training an progress throughout the summer.
Many thanks Marc
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