Leading diabetes charity Diabetes UK has announced that twelve brave swimmers have swum the English Channel in a relay race to raise money for diabetes . Not only that, the race took place at night!
The brave swimmers started at Dover and swum to Cap Griz Nez in France in two separate six-person relay teams. Channel Challenge 2008, as the race was called, was designed to raise money to help people with diabetes .
The race, which started at 2am, took the swimmers 15 hours. Emily Jones, the Events Manager of Diabetes UK, reportedly commented: “All the swimmers showed admirable courage. The Channel Challenge 2008 swim undoubtedly required great stamina and physical endurance, and Diabetes UK is proud that these swimmers rose to the challenge for us. They helped raise much-needed funds for research projects to find a cure for this condition. There are 2.3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and more than half a million with Type 2 diabetes who don’t even know it.”

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