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English Channel

Join Lake 62 Open Water Swim for SwimTayka

We’re excited to announce our partnership with LPS Events at their Lake 62 Open Water Swim 2021. We have 10 FREE spaces for participants to raise money for our charity!

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Thames Marathon: Taking the Plunge for SwimTayka

When the intrepid Thames Marathon swimmers take to the water in August some will have more than just the swim ahead on their minds.

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Make us Smile and shop with AmazonSmile on Prime Day!

Amazon Prime members can shop with AmazonSmile on 21st – 22nd June, and donate to SwimTayka at no extra cost!

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We’re challenging you to swim the English Channel, virtually, with Compete Impossible

An exciting opportunity for SwimTayka! Outdoor Swimmer Magazine and Compete Impossible have teamed up to raise money for SwimTayka. For every mile that you swim in June and July, £1 will be donated to SwimTayka. 

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The English Channel conquered

On Friday 14th August at 5:09 am a team of six swimmers swam from Shakespeare’s beach in Dover, England with the epic challenge of swimming all the way to France.

A tremendous team effort. The weather was bleak, and the jellyfish were out in their swarms, but the sea was glassy, and they flew across.

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Swimming for almost 19 hours

Lucy set off from Shakespeare Beach at 3:47 am on Sunday morning to begin her epic journey to swim solo across the English Channel, one of the first people post COVID-19.

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Meet Lucy

Meet Lucy who is swimming the channel on Friday and raising money for us. She lives in Surrey with her husband, son, two cats and Storm the dog (he’s in the pic!!).

She has always loved the water but came to swim seriously, more recently in life. When her son starting swimming lessons as a baby, she decided to qualify as a Swimming Teacher, and to so began her career change.

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And now for something completely different…

By Kieran Smyth – Channel Relay Swimmer

The team assembled in the car park at Dover Harbour between 9-10 pm on Thursday 1st August, we were all buzzing with nervous anticipation! We boarded Anastasia and met the pilot Eddie and his crew as well as our CS&PF observer Geoff. We stowed our belongings and set off for Samphire Hoe where our challenge would officially begin. Once at Samphire Hoe, Alan jumped in and swam to the beach and, at the sound of the claxon, he re-entered the water and our relay was officially underway! The time was 11:23 pm. 

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English Channel relay swim

So what was it like? We met at Dover Marina at 10 pm on Thursday 1st August, ready for our tide before midnight. Our team was reduced to five swimmers: one of our members, Lucy, was already part of another relay team, and as Team SwimTayka was delayed a fortnight by bad weather, the inevitable happened, and her team got called on the previous tide to us. So here we are, the five swimmers in the team and Bryan Avery at the front, one of the directors of SwimTayka who has also been our manager over the past nine months since the team first did our trials in a pool in the Cotswolds.

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We did it in 15 hours and 7 minutes

I was beginning to wonder when it would happen so I didn’t want to risk believing it when we were told it was happening Thursday. My plan was to just carry on as normal so that meant a very tough Spin class followed by an abdominals class on Thursday morning at 6.45am followed by work.

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