24 hours. 35 people. 42 miles. £2400 to raise. The swim and triathlon team at the Active Life Leisure Center in Herne Bay is causing a stir to raise money for a search and rescue organisation.
A team of 35 water lovers will take turns 24 hours a day in their indoor pool. The swim team will start their race at 7 a.m. Sunday (May 1) and aim to complete a total of 42 miles by 7 p.m. Monday night (May 2). If all goes well, by the end of the final stage they hope to have reached their fundraising goal of £2,400 to support the RNLI’s lifesaving work.
With two swimmers in the pool every hour, the team is on a mission to swim as far as possible to reach their goal of 42 miles. Their ambitious plan so far has prompted supporters to donate, raising £1,287 towards the £2,400 goal.
Coach Claire Boucher kept the team focused and fit with evening or weekend classes, and the group trained in the pool and open water. From using specific bodywork and weights to build the muscles that power their strokes to developing breathing techniques and patterns, the team is now up for the challenge.
Emma Jane (EJ) Crossman, regulatory oversight officer at KPMG, has been taking swimming lessons with the Active Life Triathlon Club for six years. She joined the group because she wanted to train out of her comfort zone in a safe environment. After suffering from a leg injury, training has helped her immensely, so EJ will be in the water for two hours during Monday’s stint.
“After a two-time Achilles tendon rupture that took me out of the water for a year, the first place I wanted to be was back in the water. Coach Claire adapted the sets to take into account my recovery, accelerated by frequent swimming.
As a team, we have so much fun together in the pool. I really enjoy the variety of our formations and the sense of humor is amazing. The team also welcomed my son with open arms as he came to help poolside for his Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award.
For most of the challenge, participants will use freestyle, but EJ, who is in the water for the two-hour slot, will alternate with backstroke to exercise different muscle groups.
Another participant, Dan Brown, a local daytime osteopath, has been an active member of the Triathlon Club team for over six years. For him, swimming is a way of life, and he urges the public to prepare before heading out to sea this summer.
“I’ve always been an open water swimmer and regularly compete in local and national events, including river swims. Last year I participated in the Thames 10 mile and the River Arun 6KM. I am also a Trade Licensed Yachtmaster and have been sailing since childhood. This led to my deep respect for the sea.
At some point we all use the beach or participate in activities on the water, so we need to be reassured that the lifeboat service is available when one of us needs help. . The weather is getting warmer now it is spring so people are now flocking to the coast. This will increase as we approach summer. It’s a good time to keep the RNLI in mind and remember how important it is to respect the sea and learn more about tides, winds and forecasts.
Claire Boucher, triathlon coach and event organizer for Active Life, said:
As a triathlon club, we are a group of water enthusiasts, be it swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, etc. The sea is where we feel most at home, and that’s partly down to the great work the RNLI does. We organized this event because it was a great way to give back and support the wonderful work the RNLI does in keeping water safe for everyone.
To support the challenge, please use the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/activelifetriathlonclub24hourrelay?fbclid=IwAR1PGArSVTKbF0yy…
The 24-hour relay is the first day of RNLI’s Mayday Challenge. With demand for its vital services running high ahead of a busy summer around our shores, the RNLI is launching its own ‘Mayday Appeal’, urging the public to take part in the Mayday Mile. Whether you choose to walk, jog, skip or jump, the Mayday Mile is a fun way to walk at least one mile however you like between Saturday May 1 and Tuesday May 31, while raising vital funds. for RNLI lifeguards so they can continue to keep people safe at sea.
Visit RNLI.org/SupportMayday for more information and to register RNLI.org/SupportMayday
Notes to Editors
- In 2021, RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards saved 408 lives, more than one life saved each day and 59 more than the previous year.
- RNLI lifeboats were launched 8,868 times last year, a 7% increase on 2020
- Active Life is a registered non-profit charity. As Kent’s leading sports, fitness and leisure provider, they are dedicated to improving the fitness, well-being and health of all in the region. They offer a full range of sports, fitness and health promotion activities offered at their five leisure and fitness venues – Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Herons Leisure Centre, The Bay Sports Arena, Whitstable Swimming Pool and Whitstable Sports Center –
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The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service along the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.
The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service along the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.
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