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Kelly Services Head of Partnered Services Trains for English Channel Swim

Sue Ventham, Head of Partnered Services at Kelly Services, is training to swim the English Channel in August 2010 in a bid to raise money for 3 worthy charities.  She has been training for the last eight months as part of a 6-strong relay team called the North Norfolk Crawlers.  Sue said, My brother taught a lady called Sharon to swim a year ago and her ambition was to swim the Channel.  Sharon asked my brother to put a team together to do the challenge with her and it includes myself, my brother, sister in-law and two nephews so you could say its a but of a family affair!  The team will not only be swimming the 20 nautical miles to the French shores, but is also planning on swimming all the way back.Sue and her team mates will each swim nine miles and are hoping to raise 5,000 for RNLI Lifeboats, Macmillan Cancer and the Big C Cancer charity.  Sue said, Night swimming and the cold are our biggest fears.  We are cold water training in 12 degree temperatures and undertaking lake swims every week as well as swimming in the sea in Mundesley, Norfolk but we know that nothing prepares you for the actual swim.  We wont be allowed to wear wetsuits so we have been trying to acclimatise to the cold to prevent hypothermia.  As part of the relay, each swimmer will swim an hour at a time in a set order and must spend the whole hour in the water if anyone cannot complete their part of the swim, the attempt will fail.The English Channel is a unique and demanding swim and is the worlds busiest shipping lane. Considered by many to be the ultimate long distance challenge, they will face waves in excess of 2 meters high, changing tides meaning they will swim around 30-35 miles each way as well as come face to face with jellyfish, seaweed and planks of wood.To sponsor Sue or to find out further information please visit:


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