Army bid to swim the Channel

Date 270711 Location Scarborogh England.'Photo by Mark Owens''Photo Caption:  Photo Caption:  Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee Sawyer (34), Captain Emily Peers (29) -right,  Sgt Amy Baker (31)-blleft and Sgt Kerry Evans (30) top  come up with a novel way to collect mney for the Army Benevolent fund on Scarborogh Beach.''''British Army Cross-Channel swimmers prepare on Yorkshire ???s East Coast'' ''A team of soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate will swim along Yorkshire???s East Coast on Wednesday (27 July) as they continue their preparations for swimming the English Channel in September.'' ''The troops will complete five one-mile swims in the North Sea at Withernsea, Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby as part of their progression from swimming in inland lakes to coastal waters.'' ''Three members of staff from Harrogate hope to become the first Army swimmers to complete an individual Channel crossing since Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.  A separate team of six will swim the minimum 35,200-m
Date 270711 Location Scarborogh England.'Photo by Mark Owens''Photo Caption: Photo Caption: Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee Sawyer (34), Captain Emily Peers (29) -right, Sgt Amy Baker (31)-blleft and Sgt Kerry Evans (30) top come up with a novel way to collect mney for the Army Benevolent fund on Scarborogh Beach.''''British Army Cross-Channel swimmers prepare on Yorkshire ???s East Coast'' ''A team of soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate will swim along Yorkshire???s East Coast on Wednesday (27 July) as they continue their preparations for swimming the English Channel in September.'' ''The troops will complete five one-mile swims in the North Sea at Withernsea, Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby as part of their progression from swimming in inland lakes to coastal waters.'' ''Three members of staff from Harrogate hope to become the first Army swimmers to complete an individual Channel crossing since Captain Matthew Webb in 1875. A separate team of six will swim the minimum 35,200-m

TROOPS from Harrogate’s Army Foundation College are set to become the first army swimmers in more than 100 years to complete an individual channel crossing and in the process, raise money for two worthwhile causes.

Three of the military staff will attempt the complete crossing, matching the feat achieved by Captain Matthew Webb in 1875, with another team of six working in relay, each swimming the minimum 35,200 metres (two miles) for two hours at a time.

The group hopes to raise more than £30,000 to split between ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Special Care Baby Unit at Harrogate District Hospital.

Warrant officer class 2, Lee Sawyer, 34, said: “When my own daughter was born at Harrogate District Hospital I thought what better way to show them my appreciation than to do something extraordinary to support the good work that they do?”

The team has been preparing for the effort by swimming in the lake at Ripon Racecourse as well as the nearby River Nidd before progressing to one-mile practice swims in the North Sea at North Sea at Withernsea, Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby as part of their progression from swimming in inland lakes to coastal waters.

For more details about Harrogate’s Cross-Channel swimmers, visit http://www.afcchannelswim.com.