I am super proud of my chum Zem and her friends at Team Otter 2011 who have just swum all the way to France!
Together they swan 30miles in 15hrs 6mins. Each ‘Otter’ swimming 3hrs each in one hour bursts. I struggle to swim in a warm pool for more than 20 mins, so what three hours much be like in freezing water, full of old tin cans and jelly fish can only be imagined.
The best bit about it all is that they were doing this madness for a couple of really good charities, WaterAid and Allsorts. So dig deep into those purses and wallets, and give them all a wet fish style slap on the back.
WaterAid is a long standing international charity that helps the world’s poorest people have safe water and sanitation. Once they’ve achieved this basic human right, their health, education and livelihoods all improve.
Allsorts is an innovative Gloucestershire charity that works with disabled children and their families to provide often disregarded young people, their parents, carers and siblings with support. This includes toys and equipment, plus a wide range of exciting and unusual activities, serving Gloucestershire’s unique Of Course We Can programme.
You can read all about their crazy project, endurance training, and see all kinds of aquatic athletics on their blog: http://teamotter2011.wordpress.com/