Sheffield chaplain set to swim English Channel

Alistair Beattie, 41, of Arbourthorne, Sheffield, is currently training to swim the English Channel, a straight line distance of approximately 21 miles, to raise money for Links International, a charity that provides safe water solutions for communities in the developing world.
Alistair Beattie, 41, of Arbourthorne, Sheffield, is currently training to swim the English Channel, a straight line distance of approximately 21 miles, to raise money for Links International, a charity that provides safe water solutions for communities in the developing world.
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A church minister from Sheffield is swapping his sermons for the sea - to raise cash for charity.

Alistair Beattie, aged 41, from Arbourthorne, is training to swim the English Channel to raise money for Links International, a charity that provides safe water solutions for communities in the developing world.

He is clocking up lengths at Ponds Forge International Centre up to five times per week, combined with open water training to prepare.

Alistair, chaplain at Sheffield United Football Club, also hopes to swim the Gibraltar Strait, from Spain to Morocco, in 2016.

Alistair,said: “Swimming the channel is something that I’ve always wanted to do and I hope that by doing this I can raise as much money as possible for Links International.”

“This is definitely the most physically demanding challenge I have ever set myself.”