Chan­nel swim’s a ‘life­long am­bi­tion’

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - Flickr.com/groups/scenebyyou BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

ASOUTHPORT res­i­dent is set to swim the English Chan­nel next month. Huw Mor­gans, 35, is plan­ning to take on the feat some time be­tween the dates of July 21-28.

The date of the swim is de­pen­dant on weather and tidal con­di­tions.

Swim­ming the English chan­nel has been a “life­long am­bi­tion” for Huw. He said: “I used to work in Dover and this is some­thing I have wanted to do ever since I looked across the wa­ter.

“I be­lieve this is some­thing I can do, I wouldn’t have en­tered oth­er­wise. But, any­thing can hap­pen. I have been briefed about all the things that can go wrong, from things with my own body, to the wa­ter con­di­tions.”

The 35-year-old, from Ains­dale, is also at­tempt­ing to raise £3,000 for char­ity from this at­tempt and all money raised will be shared be­tween lo­cal char­ity WACA, Can­cer Re­search UK, and BLESMA, as Huw has paid all costs with his own money.

He has al­ready man­aged to raise over 10 per cent of his tar­get on his fundrais­ing page.

Huw added: “I am very well trav­elled and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the lo­cal peo­ple, and how some peo­ple do a lot for this coun­try and over­stretch them­selves. If raising money for th­ese char­i­ties helps even one of those peo­ple I will be so happy.”

The length of the swim is swim­mer de­pen­dant and can take any time be­tween six to 30 hours.

Huw pre­dicts that it will take him 15 hours to com­plete the swim, after com­plet­ing a sim­i­lar dis­tance swim last week to en­sure he qual­i­fied.

He said: “I did my 34-kilo­me­tre qual­i­fi­ca­tion swim last week, which was two laps of Lake Win­der­mere. It took me 11 hours to com­plete.

“This was the dis­tance I will be swim­ming and al­though the con­di­tions are very dif­fer­ent, this was very en­cour­ag­ing for me.”

Hav­ing de­cided to do the swim in Jan­uary, Huw says the sup­port he has re­ceived from his fam­ily and part­ner An­drea War­ing, 40, has been amaz­ing.

He added: “It isn’t ev­ery day some­one de­cides to do this, so they are quite baf­fled.

“My girlfriend An­drea has been very sup­port­ive and pa­tient through­out train­ing.”

If you’d like to do­nate to char­ity to sup­port Huw’s swim, search ‘Huws’ English Chan­nel swim’ on Vir­gin Money Giv­ing.

Huw Mor­gans, above and left, train­ing on Lake Win­der­mere for July’s chan­nel swim

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