English Channel challenge awaits Maidenhead swimmer

English Channel challenge awaits Maidenhead swimmer

Nicola Hine

English Channel challenge awaits Maidenhead swimmer

Jellyfish, seaweed and P&O ferries are all hazards Ella Foote hopes to avoid when she takes on a channel-swimming challenge this summer.

The 29-year-old from Maidenhead is joining a six-man relay team which will make the 22-mile crossing between Britain and France in August in aid of Diabetes UK.

She has mixed emotions about the swim; particularly as she hasn't met any of her teammates yet.

The former Furze Platt Senior School pupil began swimming for charity after she ran the Race for Life in 2006 and hated it.

A member of the Outdoor Swimming Society, she has chosen to take part in 

the Diabetes UK relay as a close friend suffers with the condition.

She found out just before Christmas that she'd been picked for a team.

Ella with Karen Pickering

Ella, who works for Waitrose magazine, is used to sea swimming from childhood holidays but never swam competitively when she was younger.

A competition win saw her train with former Olympian Karen Pickering MBE at the new London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park last month.

The exact date for the channel swim will be between August 17-24 depending on weather conditions.

Ella will swim for at least two one-hour stints, and hopes to raise £1,250.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Ella-Foote to sponsor her.

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