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Swim For Heroes complete three-day Thames challenge

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The idea of bathing in the English capital’s main waterway may send shivers down your spine but a group of eight charity swimmers have conquered London’s primary waterway in support of Help for Heroes.

The eight fundraisers completed a non-stop relay along the 236km non-tidal length of the Thames last weekend, running from the source in Kemble, Gloucestershire, before swimming more than 200km from Hannington Bridge to Teddington Lock in Twickenham.

Inspired by extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh’s 21-day navigation of the same course in 2006, the group finished their challenge in three days, 11 hours and 45 minutes – ending with a well-earned drink in one of Twickenham’s finest pubs.

The octet – Claire Mans, Sam Carson, Tim Endersby, Ben Watkiss, James Hilditch, Jo Crisp, Sarah Downes and Louise Hewlett – are the first team to continuously swim the route and have raised more than £15,000 with their efforts.

And it’s not too late to recognise their achievements with a donation yourself – just go to www.swimforheroes.co.uk.

Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. The money raised is directly used to fund rehabilitation projects and support for other service charities.

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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