East Yorkshire mum plans solo swim in English Channel

An East Yorkshire mum who works for the library hopes to start an exciting new chapter in her life by swimming in the English Channel.

Adele Havercroft is training for the daring solo swim, switching between the indoor pool and open water to time the distances she has to cover in preparation, while acclimating to the kind of temperatures she expects to prevail, even in summer when she tempts her.

“The worst thing about training is the cold water, I’m a total wimp,” said Adele, 47, who lives in Elloughton.

“I currently swim between eight and 12 hours a week – in February I swam 95,000 meters and this month it will probably be more.

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“I have a few good swimming friends who will come with me to swim in the River Hull, Seaside and Welton Waters.

“I go to Dover in July, when I’m hoping for a heat wave. The temperature of the English Channel can vary at any time of the year, but if the air temperature is warmer it makes such a difference.



Adele Havercroft with her daughter, Hannah

Adele is no stranger to challenges, having taken part in numerous charity events, marathons, walks, rappels and swimming in the past, but this is by far the biggest challenge of her life.

It is for this reason that she has chosen not one but three charities close to her heart to support her throughout her Channel crossing.

They are Dove House Hospicethe Special Star Foundation and St. Anne’s Special School.

“Dove House Hospice took great care of my mother and my family before she died,” Adele said. “We have just celebrated the 20th anniversary of her death and my run will be a few weeks after she would have turned 80.

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“The Special Stars Foundation is a great local charity that helps support families of children with disabilities, including my daughter, Hannah, who is nine.

“Hannah has four genetic disorders and is retarded in every way, we were told when she was diagnosed before the age of two to never expect her to walk or talk – and she blew it out of the water.

“Things take him much, much longer to learn. It took him a year to be able to recognize the letters of the alphabet; she can’t ride a bike yet and she’s very sensitive to certain sounds – she’s terrified of fireworks – but she’s the nicest, most caring child I’ve ever met in my life .



Adele Havercroft says she is a
Adele Havercroft says she’s a ‘wimp’ when it comes to cold water so she’s ‘hoping for a heat wave’ when she tries to swim in the English Channel

Adele said: “Ecole Sainte-Anne is my daughter’s wonderful special school, where she thrives. I’d like to think that the money I raise will provide things that will benefit Hannah and her class, as well as the children who come after her.

Adele, born and raised in Willerby, who works for East Riding Libraries, said: ‘Swimming the Channel has been on my bucket list since I was around 18, but it was more of a pipe dream at the time. era.

“In 2019, just before Covid, I did an Ironman triathlon, which was a lot of training and I was thinking, for a penny, for a pound, so when I used to do all of this, I am registered for swimming.

“Because it’s so popular and because there are so few pilot licenses (for the pilot boats that come with you), you have to book three years in advance – and here we are, about 17 weeks after swimming.”



Adele after her qualifying race at Welton Waters
Adele after her qualifying race at Welton Waters

Adele said it depends on the day how she feels about the challenge, whether she’s scared or excited, and she hopes to complete the feat in less than 14 hours.

“The best thing about training is being that example for my daughter that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard.

“I want her to realize that it’s not just her, we all have to work hard sometimes, and there’s nothing you can’t do if you’re willing to work at it and do your best. .”

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