On 16th September, RAF Veteran Cath Pendleton will plunge into the chilly waters of the English Channel to swim to the shoreline of France and in so doing raise vital funds for SSAFA…

Cath is hoping her epic challenge will take between 16 – 20 hours, with no break from the water allowed. The swim will end when she climbs out of the water on the French shoreline onto dry land and stand up for the swim to count. She cannot predict exactly where she will come ashore as it all depends on tides and her swim speed.

She will be wearing only a standard swimming costume, silicone hat and goggles as no insulating neoprene wetsuits are allowed under the English Channel swimming rules. Cath will have to take small bites of food and sips of carbohydrate drinks thrown to her by her crew from the pilot boat and at no time is she allowed to touch the boat – or the swim is void.

The boat will be alongside her the whole way, keeping her safe by navigating the safest route to cross one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, with about 500 ships passing through it every day.

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