Congratulations are in order for our Finance Director, Jane Turner, who recently took part in a team swim relay across the English Channel. Jane was part of a group of 4 women, ranging from their 20s to 50s, who trained together for two years in order to acclimatise themselves to the sea water temperatures in the Channel by swimming over two winter seasons.
Setting off at 1.00am from Dover, the women swam in one hour legs through the night and arrived in Wissant in France 13 hours and 31 minutes later having endured jelly fish and sea sickness on top of the cold water and darkness; fortunately the seas conditions were relatively calm. Each member of the team swam in relay for 3 or 4 hours in total in just swimming costumes; no wetsuits or neoprene are allowed!
The team, named the Channel Relay Sole Mates, love to train hard and push their bodies to the limit and built both physical and mental strength during their punishing two year training programme which consisted of early alarms, cold winter waters, achy shoulders, wind, waves and more. The team chose to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society to highlight the threat that the oceans are under from over-fishing, pollution and climate change.
Having completed the swim, Jane Turner, FD of Axiom Product Development commented, “Although its been tough with Covid, I’ve really enjoyed all our training sessions and the bond that we’ve developed as a team. As we all love swimming so much the idea of a team relay swim of the English Channel really appealed to us all and enabled us to fund raise for the really important work that the Marine Conservation Society do. It was challenging but exhilarating at the same time and we’re all delighted to have succeeded in this tough challenge and have raised over £2000 for the Marine Conservation Society; a charity that does such important work for our oceans. “
To help the team to raise additional money for this good cause please donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/channelrelaysolemates
Due to the strong tides in the English Channel the actual route of the crossing takes on this unusual loop shape.