Six swimmers waded into the water along the Dover coastline yesterday, ready to start a relay swim across the English Channel to France.
The Channel Swim which was sponsored by Animas®, began near Shakespeare's Cliff/ Samphire Hoe (between Folkestone and Dover), and ended near Cap Gris Nez, between Boulogne and Calais. The total swimming time can be from 12 to 17 hours depending on the current, but the team completed the race in a speedy and very impressive 13 hours and 26 minutes. The temperature of the sea was approximately 15-18 degrees celcius, and swimmers also had to endure water hazards, such as seaweed, and jellyfish.
Three of the swimmers participating in the Channel Swim Relay have type 1 diabetes. So as well as overcoming the physical exertion of the challenge and cold water temperatures, they also had to fight to keep their blood glucose levels under control during a long, arduous swim. Each has lived with the condition for more than 10 years, and used an Animas waterproof* insulin pump to help them control their blood glucose during the swim.
We would like to say a big thank you to the six swimmers for braving the elements and to Animas® for organising the event. To date, the relay team has already raised more than £2,100 for JDRF.
To sponsor the team, visit http://www.justgiving.com/animas-swimmers or you can find out about how they got on by searching for the 'Animas® Channel Swim' group page on Facebook.