Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mother bids to swim Channel

A WOMAN who took up swimming after giving birth to her second daughter is planning to cross the Channel.

Hannah Young, 37, will attempt the 20-mile swim from Dover to Cap Gris Nez next month.

She has been training for up to 15 hours a week in the River Thames near her house in High Street, Wargrave, where she lives with husband Paul, 38, an IT manager, and daughters Emily, seven, and Annie, five.

On Sunday she completed a seven-mile swim off Bournemouth, the furthest distance she will go before the Channel crossing attempt.

Mrs Young said: “The main challenges are going to be the cold and the distance. You are not allowed to wear a wetsuit when attempting to swim the Channel so I’ve been training when the river is four degrees celsius in the winter to build up my resistance.

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