Keen swimmer makes splash for diabetes

Swimathon: Mike Garnock-Jones looking forward to the challenge.
Swimathon: Mike Garnock-Jones looking forward to the challenge.
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NEXT month Mike Garnock-Jones is travelling to France.

Nothing unusual in that you may think - but he isn’t flying, using the ferry or taking the tunnel.

Mike, aged 53, is swimming across the English Channel.

He’s part of a relay team of six swimming the 22 mile-route to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Mike was inspired to take part after his father-in-law was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

The schools enterprise worker has also come across young people with Type 1 Diabetes during his day job.

Mike said: “I’m always looking for a new swimming challenge. When I saw Diabetes UK was offering the opportunity to join a relay team and swim the Channel I leapt at the chance.”

The Channel Swim takes place every year.

Although the dates are weather dependent, Mike’s team - The Petroleum Jellies - will set off between August 17 and 24.

The swimmers, three of whom have diabetes themselves, will join six other teams.

Each participant will swim for an hour at a time, with the crossing due to take around 15 hours.

Swimmers can wear a swimming costume, cap and goggles, but no wetsuit.

Mike said: “I am getting used to the cold now, but the prolonged shivering after training was the worst.”

Each swimmer must raise a minimum of £1,250.

n See www.justgiving.com/mikegarnockjones to sponsor Mike.