Aston student swims across English Channel

Ben Brophy
10 September 2013

An Aston Business School (ABS) student has completed his solo swim across the English Channel raising funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research UK.

Student Ben Brophy successfully swam solo through the busiest shipping lane in the world with over 600 ships per day. The gruelling challenge involved approximately 22 miles and Ben completed his swim in 14 hours and 52 minutes on 1 September 2013.

Ben chose to take part in the challenge in memory his father who sadly passed away to a form of blood cancer. Ben has so far managed to raise over £3,500 and continues awareness through fundraising events.

Ben said; I went through over 2 years of daily training and preparation to get me ready. It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but every donation LLR receives really helps boost the feeling that it was worth it.”

The challenge involved swimming across the Strait of Dover (between Dover and Calais) in water temperatures of 15 -18 degrees Celsius.   In order to qualify, Ben had to complete a 6 hour non-stop swim, in 16 degrees Celsius temperature.  Ben was only allowed to wear one hat, a costume (no wet-suits), goggles and earplugs and was not allowed help or any contact with anyone.

Ben hopes to raise £10,000 for charity, and welcomes any donations.


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For further information about Ben’s Challenge visit teambrophy .