Trio’s ‘rocky journey’ on successful Channel swim

Ray Carthy, Jason Wright and Neil Walker celebrate at the end of their challenging English Channel swim.
Ray Carthy, Jason Wright and Neil Walker celebrate at the end of their challenging English Channel swim.
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CHOPPY seas and pouring rain made for an interesting challenge for three men who set out to swim the English Channel.

Ray Carthy, Jason Wright and Neil Walker, all from Spalding and in their early 40s, set off from Folkestone just after 2am last Saturday, and did hour-long relays in the water with the other two riding alongside on a small boat.

The total swim took just over 14 hours, with Ray being the swimmer who reached land in Calais.

He said: “Conditions were not great and it was a rocky journey.

“It was a tough challenge. The sea was so choppy, the two in the boat were clinging to the side trying not to be sick.

“Fortunately we didn’t run into any sharks or jellyfish and we were pleased with our time of 14 hours 13 minutes.”

And Mr Carthy thanked everyone who had supported their efforts, which raised more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

But the trio are now planning a bit of break, with no immediate plans for another Channel swim.

Mr Carthy said: “The words channel swim are now banned in my house so I am looking for another challenge – I might start by cleaning out our garage.”