Veterinary surgeon Sarah Colegrave has raised more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust by completing a gruelling cross-channel swim in 16 hours 49 minutes.

Veterinary surgeon Sarah Colegrave has raised more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust by completing a gruelling cross-channel swim in 16 hours 49 minutes.
 
Sarah, from Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital in King’s Lynn set off for the coast of France at 3am on August 2 from Samphire Hoe (just west of Dover).
 
Sarah completed her  cross-channel swim in 16 hours 49 minutesSarah, who undertook the challenge under her married name of Taylor, said: “I had been training for this swim for three years. I had been on tenterhooks for the last 48 hours waiting for the right conditions and go-ahead from my pilot. The sea was rough, my support boat was tipping from side to side and I was worried that my crew would be feeling sick, but it felt great.
 
Sarah at DoverThe swimming felt good. I had a feed every hour for the first three hours and then every half hour. Every time I came towards the boat for a feed my crew wrote up encouraging messages which friends and family had texted to the boat.”
 
After facing jellyfish, tidal currents and shipping lanes, Sarah finally finished her journey near Sangatte, France.
 
She said: “It was with massive relief that I stood up on the beach to the applause of a couple taking a stroll along the beach. I had made it in 16 hours 49 minutes. I was a Channel swimmer!”
 
So far, Sarah has raised more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, but donations can still be made via her JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Taylor-2010

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