twenty four hours 35 people. 42 miles. To raise £2400. The swim triathlon team at the Active Life Leisure Center in Herne Bay is making a splash to raise money for a search and rescue charity.
A team of 35 water lovers will participate in the 24-hour relay at their indoor pool. The swim squad will begin their race on Sunday (May 1) at 7 a.m. and aim to cover a total distance of 42 miles by 7 p.m. on Monday evening (May 2). If all goes well, by the end of the final phase, they hope to reach their £2400 fundraising goal to support the lifesaving work of the RNLI.
With two swimmers in the pool each hour, the team’s mission is to swim as far as possible to reach their goal of 42 miles. So far, his ambitious plan has prompted supporters to donate, raising £1,287 towards a goal of £2400.
Coach Claire Boucher keeps the team focused and fit with evening or weekend classes, and the group training in the pool and open water. Using specific bodywork and weights to build the muscles that power their swimming strokes to develop breathing techniques and patterns, the team is now up to the challenge.
Emma Jane (EJ) Crosman, a regulatory oversight officer at KPMG, has been taking swim classes with the Active Life Triathlon Club for six years. She joined the group because she wanted to train in a safe environment out of her comfort zone. After suffering a leg injury, training has helped him immensely, so EJ will be in the water for two hours during Monday’s relay.
‘After twice torn Achilles tendons, which saw me out of water for a year, the first place I wanted to be was back in the water. Coach Claire adapted the sets to account for my recovery, which had been accelerated by swimming so many times.
As a team, we have a lot of fun together in the pool. I really enjoy the variety of our training, and the sense of humor is incredible. The team has also welcomed my son with open arms as he comes to help poolside for his Duke of Edinburgh Award (DOFE).
For most of the challenge, participants will use the freestyle, but the EJ, which is in the water for a two-hour slot, will alternate with the backstroke to exercise different muscle groups.
Another participant, Dan Brown, a local osteopath by day, has been an active member of the Triathlon Club team for more than six years. For him, swimming is a way of life, and he urges the public to be ready to head to the sea this summer.
‘I have always been an open water swimmer and regularly compete in both local and national events, including river swim. Last year, I participated in Thames 10 Mile and Arun River 6KM. I am also a commercially backed yachtmaster and have been sailing since I was a boy. This has instilled in me a deep respect for the ocean.
At some point, we all use the beach or get involved in activities on the water, so we need the reassurance that lifeboat service is available when any of us need assistance. The weather is getting warmer now it’s spring, so people are coming to the coast now. It will increase as we move towards summer. Now is a good time to heed the RNLI and remember how important it is to respect the ocean and learn more about tides, winds and forecasts.’
Claire Boucher, triathlon coach and event organizer for Active Life, said:
As a Triathlon Club, we are a group of water enthusiasts, be it swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing etc. The sea is where we feel most comfortable, and this is because of the wonderful work of RNLI. We organized this event because it felt like we could give back and support the wonderful work of RNLI by keeping water safe for all.’
To support the challenge, please use the following link: https://www.justgiven.com/…/activelifletriathlonclub24…
The 24-hour relay is the first day of the RNLI’s May Day Challenge. Seeing the demand for its lifesaving services ahead of the busy summer around our shores, the RNLI is calling its ‘Mayday’, urging the public to participate in the Mayday Mile. Whether you want to walk, run, jump or jump, the Mayday Mile is a fun way to cover at least one mile either way between Saturday 1st and Tuesday 31st May, while raising significant money for RNLI lifesavings so that They could continue to keep people safe at sea.
Visit RNLI.org/SupportMayday for more information and to sign up at RNLI.org/SupportMayday
Notes to Editors
- In 2021, RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards saved 408 lives – more than one life saved every day and 59 more than the previous year.
- RNLI Lifeboats launched 8,868 times last year – a 7% increase over 2020
- Active Life is not for profit, registered charity. As Kent’s leading sports, fitness and leisure provider, they are dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing and health of everyone in the region. They offer a wide range of sports, fitness and health promotion activities delivered through their five leisure and fitness sites – Kingsmead Leisure Center, Heron’s Leisure Center, The Bay Sports Arena, Whitstable Swimming Pool and Whitstable Sports Center – https:// /activelifeltd.co UK/
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Key facts about RNLI
RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a typical year, operates over 240 lifeguard units on the UK and Channel Islands beaches. The RNLI is independent of the Coastguard and the government and relies on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crew and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
Key facts about RNLI
RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the Coastguard and the government and relies on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crew and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
Learn more about RNLI
For more information please visit RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and youtube. News releases, videos and photos are available at the News Center.
Contacting the RNLI – Public Inquiries
Members of the public can contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.