Swimmer takes part in cross-Channel challenge

Chris Pitman
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PENSIONER Chris Pitman is one giant swimming stroke closer to becoming the oldest British woman to swim the English Channel.

The 61-year-old is taking part in a relay swim across the Channel today along with four other retirement age swimmers who have called themselves The Swinging 60s and are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Chris, from Hulbert Road, Bedhampton, received a call last night to say a slot had been confirmed to do the relay today after it was cancelled because of bad weather earlier this month.

The team began swimming at 1.30am and are expected to finish early this evening. They are each swimming an hour before their place is taken over and they rest.

The late finish and exertion mean she will be unable to make tomorrow’s Solent Swim for the British Heart Foundation.

Chris’ husband Pete, said: ‘I received a text from her saying “the sun is shining, the sea is calm and there are big ships everywhere!”

‘It’s one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

‘The relay has been very useful for Chris to give her an idea of what she will be up against.’

Chris will be 61 and a quarter when she makes her solo attempt at some point during the week beginning September 7.