Pinnacle Crew’s managing director, Heath Freeman took a big plunge on September 27 with a Channel Swimming Association accredited swim.
As part of a four-man relay team called The Marlow River Buoys, he swam the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris Nez near Calais. The team raised £3000 for two charities – CLIC Sargent (Helping Children with Cancer) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
The exact date of the swim was not known until the actual day as it depended on currents and weather conditions.
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, explains:
“We were incredibly lucky as the weather on September 27 was fantastic.
“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.”
This unofficial time makes the swim the fastest in the last three years. Once confirmed, and if no other team completes a faster swim in 2009, the team will be presented with an award by the Channel Swimming Association for the Fastest Channel Swim of 2009.
Picture (below) shows Heath Freeman (second right) with his team mates from The Marlow River Buoys.
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