Taking on the Channel
TWO Jersey women are preparing to swim the English Channel in the next fortnight.
Teacher Alice Harvey (27) has tide dates from tomorrow onwards, while Grainville School specialist lead keyworker Chantelle Le Guilcher (24) will get her opportunity at some point during the following week, starting on Saturday 28 July.
Harvey, who already has a string of long distance swims to her name, said: ‘Training has gone really well, I’ve trained a lot with Chantelle but I’ve tapered down recently with the swim getting nearer.
‘I’ve been involved in three English Channel relays so I know what to expect.
‘I’m confident that I can complete it, but nervous as well because it’s my swim this time and there will be no getting out of the water until I finish.
‘Training started in May with one-hour swims and I’ve been building up. More recently longer swims on both days of a weekend have been three to four hours.
‘The weather looks okay, the wind looks settled at the
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moment and hopefully it will stay that way.’
Le Guilcher, who has the experience of two Channel relay swims among her equally long list of achievements, said: ‘I’m nervous, but excited and I’m really looking forward to my swim.
‘There is an element of fear, but I’ve taken part in many swims, both in the water and as part of support crews.
‘Since I was eight years old this [a Channel swim] has always been on my ‘’to-do list’’ of swims. It’s a massive feat and some say it is the ‘’Everest of the swimming world’’.’
Harvey has received support from Kirsty White Massage Therapy, Kit Chamier of True Food Nutrition and Carly Harvey of Design Dimensions.
Le Guilcher thanked her mum and dad, Marilyn and Martin, for their support along with Mailmate and Canaccord Genuity and Wealth Management.