Becky here -
Well, what can I say except a huge congratulations to each and every one of us for completing this mammoth challenge. We could not have done it without our absolutely fantastic support crew who encouraged us every step (stroke!) of tne way. Without them the swim could not have taken place.
There were moments of highs and lows like every challenge but most importantly WE MADE IT!! No one can ever change the fact that 1) we are the 1st all ladies team to complete the swim and 2) we have set the first ladies record.
We did at one point think we might be on target for the existing mixed team record but having completed the challenge I think it's safe to say none of us are remotely disappointed that we didn't beat that. Completing the swim is monumental in itself.
All the lovelies, including the honorary ones, survived on just a few hours sleep.
Having caught up on at least a few hours sleep I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of the swim. I didn't have a great 2nd swim but just had to dig deep and keep going. I swear someone had turned the thermostat on the sea down by at least 10 degrees when I was doing my 2nd stint. It was freeeeeezing!!! By swim 3 I was back on my game and had a good swim - the sun was up and wow, what a glorious day it was. The person controlling that thermostat had been kind and turned the temperature back up.
Everybody had some cracking swims and between us all we had eventually pulled an hour ahead of schedule meaning that we all dud 3 swims with Paula (6th swimmer in the team) finishing us at an absolutely fantastic time of
17h 50m 50s
Woohoo, no one can ever take that away fromm us. We have set the benchmark fir others to challenge.
A massive thank you to Kathy for all her hard work in organising this swim and thank you to each and very one of the lovelies for making it such a cracking day. We couldn't have done it without one another. And let's not forget our tremendous crew who kept us in high spirits at those tough times. Thank you, all of you.
Becky (number 3 - well, not anymore!)