On Friday two members of Beacon Lifesaving Club completed the challenge of swimming the length of the English Channel to raise funds to support people with spinal injuries.
Normally people doing the Aspire Channel Swim do the 22 miles over 12 weeks, but Elliot Key (19) and Ryan Wheeler (24) decided to do the lengths in one day. The young men have now raised over £1,000 having completed 1416 lengths of the pool at Freedom Leisure in Crowborough.
Ryan completed his swim in 9 hours 48 minutes and Elliot in 12 hours 45 minutes. Both were elated to have completed the challenge.
Having now spent a few days resting, both are now continuing their training for the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving which is taking place in Leeds on 22nd November.
Ben Stevens, their Club Coach and England Team Manager, said what a major achievement it was to complete this swim and a great advert for Beacon Lifesaving Club.
I am looking forward to now seeing Ryan and Elliot compete on the international stage in a few weeks time – they have both worked really hard over the last year and thoroughly deserve their success. Competitive Lifesaving is the only humanitarian sport and by raising money for Aspire with the channel swim the boys have shown another way of how our sport can benefit others.