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87 swimmers, including some ex-swimmers, mums, dads and granddads, took part in the Chairman’s Challenge to swim the channel for charity!

What a fantastic night! Ex-chairman Denise Hunter and good friend to both families, talked about our two great causes:

Brain Tumour Research was chosen by the family of Jon Leggett. Jon was a coach and official at the Club for many years. His wife Heather is a past Chairman and both his children swam for the Club. Rachel and Matt both took part in last night’s swim.


Cancer Research UK was chosen by Alex Bryant and his family. Still just 19, Alex swam for the Club for many years. His Dad was often heard announcing at our galas. Alex has been undergoing treatment for leukaemia and MDS, from which is now recovering and doing well. He came along to watch everyone swim last night.



We had six teams of 14-15 swimmers. Each team swam 227 lengths, with each swimmer doing around 15-16 lengths. That’s 1,362 lengths in total = 21 miles / 34 km which is the shortest distance across the channel. Our total time was 7 hours 50 minutes 20 seconds, the second fastest time we have done this relay in!


The first Chairman’s challenge took place back in 2004! The record stands at 7 hrs 31 mins 49 secs in 2014.

The team results:

  1. BLUE Poole to Cherborg – 1 hr 12 mins exactly (the team record is 1 hr 10 mins 25 secs)
  2. GREEN Portsmouth to Caen – 1 hr 14 mins 50 secs
  3. ORANGE Southampton to Le Havre – 1 hr 16 mins 7 secs
  4. YELLOW Folkestone to Boulogne – 1 hr 20 mins 6 secs
  5. PURPLE Newhaven to Dieppe – 1 hr 23 mins 21 secs
  6. RED Dover to Calais – 1 hr 24 mins 36 secs

So far we have raised over £400. There is still time to donate on our Virgin Money Giving page here.

Congratulations to all of our swimmers! Here’s just a few of them:

See more images on this fun night on our Flickr Channel or our Pinterest Board


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