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CHANNEL CHALLENGE: Rickmansworth man swimming the English Channel for charity

 Published on: 17th March 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A brave resident is taking on the challenge of swimming part of the English Channel for charity this summer.

Rob Payne, a Civil Engineer from the town, is part of a relay team of six, who are swimming from England to France to fundraise for Aspire, a national charity that supports people with spinal injuries. 

The relay team, named the Aspire Huskies, will take it in turns to swim part of the Channel for one hour each in challenging conditions. 

Rob has always been very active, having previously taken part in ironman triathlons. After a hip injury, he was no longer able to run and turned to swimming as a new challenge to tick off his bucket list.

He told RickyNews: “I am a challenge-driven person, and this is a huge challenge. My daughter had an operation at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in Stanmore when she was a baby. My mother also used the Aspire swimming pool, which is for people recovering from injuries, after a hip operation. 

“I am very excited for the event and am looking forward to getting back to training at Merchant Taylors’ School and the outdoor pool in Chesham now that swimming pools are reopening.”

The physical challenge and distance are not the biggest worries for Rob, who says he is more concerned about seasickness, freezing cold temperatures and potential jellyfish lurking in the waters of the English Channel. 

Click here to find out more about Rob and the Aspire Huskies fundraiser.

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