Marie Doherty, a Chatteris Kingfisher masters swimmer, has successfully completed a channel relay swim.
In the early hours of Wednesday, September 7, with three other team members, they set out from Dover with the pilot boat SUVA.
After swimming four one hour legs of the relay, in calm conditions, through the night and into Wednesday afternoon, they reached land at Cap Gris‐Nez, not far from Calais in 13 hours and 6 minutes, one of the fastest recorded relay times this year.
Marie and her team had undergone eight months of training in open water and in Dover Harbour, part of which was to complete a two-hour qualifying swim in the sea at less than 16 degrees temperature.
Marie describes the experience as very scary, especially entering into the sea during the night when it was pitch black with only the light on the pilot boat to follow. The jellyfish encountered along the way were also larger than expected, although only one member of the team got stung.
“It feels like a massive achievement and one that I will remember for a long time but one I do not necessarily wish to experience again!” “We are all very proud to say we are now members of the small group of channel swimmers and one member of the team may be looking towards completing a solo crossing in the next few years”.
Marie and her team have also raised over £2,500 for charity from this event, which is being split between Alzheimer’s Society, Breast Cancer Now, and a donation towards Chatteris Kingfishers.