channel swim team 2017

Flitwick Swimming Club have a team of swimmers who on the 12th July 207 will  be swimming the English Channel, the challenge involves swimming 21 miles or more (depending on the tides), this really is the ultimate open water challenge.

We are doing this to raise money and awareness for various charities selected by members of the team.


Listen to some our swimmers on Three Counties Radio 21-07-17 (approx 1hr 18mins in)

Listen to our Head Coach Nigel Halford on Three Counties Radio on 27-03-17

On 22nd March our swimmers took part in a Sponsored Swim, full details and photos can be viewed here

Easter Bunny Winner

Keep checking our news feed for various fundraising events leading up to the challenge, we would be very grateful if you could sponsor us at our Virgin Money Giving Page


Channel Swim Blog

16th May 2017

What a great night spent with some pretty amazing young people... Flitwick Dolphins Channel Swim Team will be braving The English Channel in July to raise money for seven charity's including Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. The average age of the team (minus Alistair team manager) is only 16 years old so wish them all a massive Swimzi good luck and safe swimming.

Chris Hartley
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28th April 2016

We have decided to write a blog so that everyone who is supporting and sponsoring us, are able to see what fundraising and training we are doing in the lead up to the channel swim. We wanted everyone to feel a part of the team in some way, without making them jump into freezing cold water, and swim with us!!

So, it’s been a busy couple of months for everyone involved in the channel swim, we’ve been organising events such as a sponsored swim, and we all managed to swim for 2 hours nonstop. Amazing, considering how chatty we all are, perhaps some more than others.

We also did an Easter raffle, we were kindly donated prizes and cakes to sell to help us raise money, and I think everyone in Flitwick and Ampthill has a knitted bunny or chick. Oh, and giant bunny which we had to guess the name of, his name is now Peanut and I believe he is doing well in his new home. We have all been training hard in the pool with the support of our head coach and best friend Nigel, we shall continue this training to the lead up to the big day.

That’s all for now will, keep you updated on all the antics going on at Flitwick Dolphins Channel Relay Headquarters

Blog correspondent , Chloe Ford

22nd March 2017

On Wednesday, 22 March 2017 the Flitwick Dolphins swimming club set themselves a challenge!!

In July of this year some of the clubs swimmers will be taking part in an English channel relay swim endeavour. Not only will the swimmers be doing it for the sheer challenge of getting across the channel but they are raising sums for some very worthwhile charities .  

Charities that they are supporting are Great Ormand Street Hospital, Save The Children, Mind, World-vision and Vascultis.

In support of the swimmers taking part in the Channel swim challenge, the club organised a sponsored swim event to include all the club's swimmers and that took place within the usual training schedule on a Wednesday at the Flitwick leisure centre . The challenge that was set was for each of the squads to swim the distance of the channel but within the swimming pool.

The English Channel is 21 miles across which equates to 33,797 metres or put another way is 1352 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool.

First to embark upon the challenge where the club's youngest squad consisting of the Flippers and the Fins. With the senior swimmers volunteering to lap count them , the swimming began at 7pm . Between them, the swimmers swam 38,950 metres which is an astonishing achievement for this young group.

Next up at 8 pm where swimmers from a B and C squad. Another amazing achievement with a collective swim of 37,200 metres.

At 9 o'clock in the evening it was then the turn of the A squad (within this squad includes the club's Sprint squad and members of CBSS squad, these are the clubs senior swimmers ) along with the Masters squad who are the clubs adult swimmers.

Collectively in the hour between 9 PM and 10 PM this group swam an amazing total of over 115,000 metres !!

Not to be out done by their swimmers, the parents were for the duration between 7 pm and 9 PM in the evening swimming their own lengths and amassed an incredible 40,150 metre of swimming.

The combined total of all the squads and parents meterage in the pool equated to in excess of 230,000 metres . That figure equates to approximately 144 miles which is actually just under seven times across the English Channel, or there and back just under three times!!

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