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Royston Woman Determined To Complete Swim

Tuesday August 6 2013

Alison Brisby Alison Brisby

A ROYSTON woman has remained determined to swim the Channel for charity after the death of another swimmer.

Alison Brisby, 34, of Cropton Road, has been on an 18-month training regime in preparation to swim the Channel for charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

After the recent death of Susan Taylor, one of the last people to make the attempt, many would have been deterred from attempting the challenging swim.

She has continued practising swimming off the coast of Whitby and said her biggest fears are jellyfish and passing ships.

She said: "When I practice off the coast of Whitby, I come home and my husband can't understand a word I'm saying because my tongue has swollen so much. He makes me eat ice lollies before we can have a conversation."

So far it has cost £5,000 for a boat crew, safety team and pilot boat to guide her through the Channel, which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Only one in ten people have finished the Channel swim since it was first competed in 1875. Alison is hoping to complete her swim between September 12 and 17.

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Reply Posted by louise on Monday August 12 2013 at 22:48
very admirable Alison good luck with it hope all goes well x

Reply Posted by debbie on Tuesday August 13 2013 at 00:26
C'mon mate you can do it! xxx

Reply Posted by Debbie on Saturday September 14 2013 at 15:15
Alison successfully completed her channel swim on the 12th September 2103 in a fab time of 14 hrs 49 mins & has raised an amazing amount of money for macmillan. Well done mate so proud of you xxx