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Barnsley Woman Speaks Of Channel Swim

Monday September 30 2013




A BARNSLEY swimmer has spoken of the worst point of her 14 hour 49 minute crossing of the English Channel.

It took Ally Brisby, 34, three-and-a-half hours to do the final two miles because the tide turned against her.

Ally, who suffered sickness and pain in her shoulders, said: "The tide pulled me away from the shore near Calais."

She raised about £8,000 for Macmillan Nurses and did the swim because an aunt, Ivy Foster, 80, died of cancer about five years ago and because her chief bridesmaid, Amy Watson, 34, is in remission after having breast cancer.

Ally, of Cropton Road, Royston, said her husband, binman Danny, 42, offered her encouragement from an accompanying boat.

She expected to cross the Channel in between 15 and 17 hours so she was satisfied with her eventual time.

She wore a swim suit and Vaseline. She said one of the secrets of Channel swimming was to build up your tolerance to cold water.

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Reply Posted by chris on Monday September 30 2013 at 12:09
Well done Ally you deserve a medal for swimming the channel and a very good cause you did it for

Reply Posted by jade whitehead on Monday September 30 2013 at 12:31
Well Done :)

Reply Posted by jade whitehead on Monday September 30 2013 at 12:32
Well Done :)
x

Reply Posted by Sarah on Thursday October 3 2013 at 23:11
So proud of you Ally, you've done so well :) xxxxx

Reply Posted by Jane on Friday October 4 2013 at 00:03
So proud of you Ally! You are an absolute Star *******