Chris to take on all-night swim challenge

CHANNEL BID Chris Pitman
CHANNEL BID Chris Pitman
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From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

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MARATHON swimmer Chris Pitman is planning a new challenge in her build-up to a bid to conquer the English Channel.

And she will be raising money for Help for Heroes as she attempts to swim a mile an hour for 12 hours overnight.

The 2Swim4Life’11 event is being held at Guildford Lido and Chris’s swim starts at 9.30pm on Saturday April 30, finishing at 9.30am the next day.

The challenge will give the 59-year-old, of Hulbert Road, Bedhampton, extra experience of swimming in darkness, which she will need to do if she is to complete the Channel crossing.

‘It is a hard challenge, being overnight when most sensible people are sleeping,’ she said.

‘It needs cold water acclimatisation so I will be back in the sea sooner than expected this year starting next week. The good news is that the sea temperature is rising, and I believe it’s now a warm 8C.’

Chris, who works at Havant Leisure Centre, hopes to become the oldest woman ever to swim the Channel when she makes her bid next year.

Anyone who wants to sponsor her Guildford swim for Help for Heroes can contact her at Havant Leisure Centre (023) 9247 6026) or visitbmycharity.com/chrispitman to donate online. Chris is also seeking further sponsorship for her Channel swim.