When most people want to visit France their travel arrangements are straightforward. Options include plane, train or automobile. Not friend Charlotte! For the last year she has been in training to swim the English Chanel from Dover to Calais. What started as a bullet point on her bucket list is about to come to fruition in the next few weeks. Last night I watched as she did some drink training off a narrow boat in the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire. Her mother, Sheila, swung the bottle on a rope while onlookers watched the almost comical act that is so vital during the many lonely hours of a channel swim…
Charlotte is on her way to France,
stroke by stroke will she advance.
She’s swum many hours in Dover Harbour,
The thought of waves doesn’t dampen her ardour!
Her little yellow cap bobs on the water,
Her mother throws drink at her daughter!
Very soon it’ll be for real,
Dover Beach might seem surreal,
And ‘plop’ into the water she’ll dive,
The last touch of land ‘till the other side.
Many hours later she’ll be a winner,
And know the loneliness of the long distance swimmer!
If you want to know how and why go to: http://www.chchch.co.uk
If you would like to donate to her worthy causes and help her on her way: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharlotteBenton
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