Doncaster duo dive into swimming bid

English Channel swimmers Leon Fryer and Alistair Beattie
English Channel swimmers Leon Fryer and Alistair Beattie

Ambitious swimming coaches from Doncaster have undergone on a gruelling training regime in a bid to both swim the English Channel.

Leon Fryer and Alistair Beattie, run the open water swimming company ‘Swim Your Swim Ltd’ and provide open water coaching classes at the Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) operated Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre.

Leon has already completed his challenge of two relay crossings in one month swimming the Channel as part of a team of open water swimmers and Alistair will be taking on the challenge of the 21 mile crossing on his own later in September.

DCLT provided the pair with free six month gym and swim passes to support their training.

Leon said: “Swimming the English Channel is an ambition we’ve both had for many years.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy but with the right training schedule behind us we’re confident we can complete the challenge and DCLT’s generous donation of gym and swimming passes has certainly helped us prepare ourselves.”

Jon Whiteley, head of community development at DCLT, said: “Leon and Alistair are both very competent swimmers who do a brilliant job running our open water swimming classes here in Doncaster and helping others to build up their confidence.

“We wanted to give something back to them both and help them prepare as much as possible for their Channel swims.”

Leon’s swim proudly raised money for Ovarian Cancer Charity and Alistair’s swim on September 19 will be raising money for Swim for safe water. For more information about Open Water Swimming Classes in Doncaster, visit Swim Your Swim