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Carol’s Channel swimming challenge

CAROL Foster is spending February tackling one of the biggest fitness challenges of all…an English Channel swim.

But she won’t have to worry about rough seas, shipping lanes or looking out for the French coast as she is completing the 22 miles in the safety of the pool at Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre!

Carol, who lives in Deepcar, is swimming at least 64 lengths per day, six days per week, throughout the month to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice, where friends David Shaw and Mark Allsopp were both patients.

“David and Mark spent their last days in St Luke’s, surrounded by their loving families so I decided I wanted to do something in recognition of the care they received,” said Carol.

“I originally put my name down for the Sheffield Half Marathon but my back isn’t very good so I had to drop out of that but I still wanted to raise some money.

“I’ve always been able to swim and got back into it last year and I suddenly realised I was getting up to a mile every time I went in the pool.

“A friend of mine jokingly said I should swim the channel so that’s what I am doing and I am really enjoying it.

“I must admit there are some mornings when I wonder if I can be bothered but once I am in the pool I am really focussed and I am determined to complete the challenge.

“I’ve set myself a target of £200 and I’m already up to £149 so hopefully I should be able to beat that.”

To support Carol’s challenge simply visit Swim

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