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Writtle College Sport Lecturer completes epic swim challenge!

May 2013

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

He has completed the Ironman triathlon 14 times and the marathon 10 times – now Writtle College Sport Lecturer Rich Brass has swum 24 miles in 24 hours!

Only 9 out of 60 solo participants completed the challenge, which involved swimming one mile every hour, on the hour, in an outside lido in Guildford in temperatures of 6C in the day and -1C at night.

After swimming the 786 lengths of the 50m pool, the 41-year-old FE lecturer from Billericay said: “This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There was only one other person in my lane to finish the whole 24 miles solo.

“Last year I managed to raise just shy of £800 for Parkinson's UK by completing an Ironman triathlon race. This year I upped the ante and decided to do the 24 hour, 24 mile swim - just to put this into context the English channel is 'only' 21 miles - to raise money for injured soldiers and their families. With the help of the FE Sports department lecturers as my back up team, I finished the swim, which is an achievement I am very personally proud of.”

The event was organised to raise money for the Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund. To sponsor Rich, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/richbrass