"In 2010 myself and 3 others decided it would be a good idea to swim the English Channel as a 4 person relay. For the last 2 years I have been training hard and, whilst others are in bed at 6am, I would be in the serpentine most mornings before work tackling the 10 degree water temps, algae and killer swans.
Anyone that knows events knows that the hours are long so it really took some dedication to ensure my events didn't suffer whilst training and vice versa!
On the 10th October 2012 it was our time! I met my team at 2am in Dover Harbour, had a briefing with our pilot then at 3:22 exactly I jumped into the pitch black waters in the busiest shipping lane in the world with only a small light on my back.... I couldn't quite believe I was swimming the English Channel!
It probably sounds like 3 hrs is a lot of rest but believe me it isn't... I didn't warm up during this time no matter how many clothes and sleeping bags I put on, I was violently ill for the full 3 hrs, had no sleep and nothing to eat or drink... I was then told the news I had 10 mins before it was my time to swim again...
It wasn't too bad and luckily after this swim I felt much better once back on board likewise after my 3rd and 4th swims!!
After 15 hours we were within 800 m of France and Bridget, our 4th swimmer, cruised the last few hundred meters. After 15 hours and 19 minutes the claxon sounded for the final time to signify we had completed the 22 mile swim. I was now a member of the elite group of marathon swimmers who can say I have conquered the English Channel... To put this into perspective more people have successfully climbed Everest!
It was an amazing achievement and one I will never forget... I now need to decide what's next!! I'd also like to thank the TBA team for putting up with my constant channel talk, being bored of my stories of which sea/ lake I had been swimming in at the weekend and most of all the wet swimming costumes around the office - thank you for your support and sponsorship"
We're all very proud of Sarah and look forward to seeing what she comes up with to conquer next! Well done Sarah, we're not sure if that was a "bright idea" but it was certainly "brilliantly executed"!