Plymouth businessman Tim Grimes completes his solo Channel Swim in 13 hours and 27 minutes.

Tim, 32 years of age, took up the challenge to raise funds for the Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) charity, and raised so far £2,500.

His swim across the English Channel covered a whopping 31 miles and says ‘it is one of the biggest endeavours I’ve ever undertaken’. 

Tim, commented: “Facing the cap at the other side of the Channel was hugely challenging as the tides caused a stand-still situation where I was moving sideways, and being pulled away from the French coastline.”

The swim was monitored by the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (CS&PF) that officially facilitate and adjudicate attempts for members to swim across the English Channel under the rules of English Channel Swimming.

“I stopped to feed at first on the two-hour mark, but quickly went to the hourly feeds to ensure I had enough energy to complete the swim,” he said.

Huge numbers from around the UK, and indeed across the globe watched his swim across the Channel on our live feed. And also been following his swimming practices from West Hoe Pier in Plymouth Sound for months on our Live 24 hour webcam.

Tim is a Director of Plymouth based company John Grimes Partnership that is a Civil, Structural, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Consultancy-offering a wide spectrum of engineering solutions to clients across the globe.

“I wish to thank everyone who has donated, and I really appreciate the support I’ve been given,” said Tim.

You can still donate to Tim’s JustGivingPage:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swimtimmy  

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