Pinnacle Crew’s managing director, Heath Freeman (second right) and his team mates with the award for the Fastest Channel Swim of 2009, presented by the Channel Swimming Association.
The four-man relay team, known as Marlow River Buoys, swam the English Channel in September from Dover to Cap Gris Nez near Calais. They raised £4000 for two charities – CLIC Sargent (Helping Children with Cancer) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
Explaining their winning of the Award, Freeman, who did the last leg of the swim and took the team to its goal of landing on the French coast at Cap Gris Nez, says:
“The distance of the swim is 22-miles as the crow flies, but due to the currents and winds on the day we actually swam 29 miles, completing the crossing in 9 hours and 29 minutes.”