A graduate from the University of Lincoln will swim the English Channel for charity

Forensic Science graduate Caroline Sims plans to take on the choppy waters of the English Channel in a charity swim this summer.

Caroline, who works as a consultant for various police forces and also lectures in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at the University, has been hard in training and hopes to swim the Channel in July 2013. 

Her training schedule involves swimming between 30 and 50 kilometres a week in the pool, plus outdoor swimming all the way through winter, in temperatures as low as 2.5 degrees. This is in preparation for the harsh conditions she will face in the Channel, with the temperature, salt water and endurance being the biggest challenges.

Caroline will be taking part in the ‘2swim4life’ 24hour swim this week at Guildford Lido, as further training. This means swimming one mile every hour on the hour for 24 hours. This in theory is more challenging than the channel, where an average swim takes 14 hours.

She has already completed the six-hour qualifying swim, passed a medical and booked a boat and pilot for the Channel swim.

Caroline will be swimming and raising money for the RNLI and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. She said: “These are both vital services that should be part of the emergency services and aren’t. You never know when you might need them and they are always in need of funding. The lifeguards have given me massive support in my open water training at Skegness.”

To sponsor Caroline, donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Sims1 or http://www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Sims2

 

 

 

 

April 2013

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