Ipes employee Richard March has achieved his ambition of swimming to Herm in record time whilst raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
The three point one mile swim took Richard one hour and thirty three minutes to complete which took him from Bordeaux Harbour to Fisherman’s Beach in Herm where he was congratulated by family and friends.
Richard said, “The swim couldn’t have gone any better, all the training I did certainly paid off and I was quicker than I thought I was going to be. It was quite rough in the Little Russell as the wind had picked up but I was thankful that no commercial boats passed by while I was swimming as that would have added to the swell.”
“I couldn’t have completed this challenge without the help of the Guernsey Triathlon Club and my brother Simon March who gave me invaluable support and advice. During the swim I was also accompanied by a support boat Captained by Steve Tallon and kayaker Darran Flouquet both of whom provided constant support during the swim which was much appreciated and needed, Richard concludes.”
As well as completing a personal challenge Richard also raised more than £1,800 for Parkinson’s UK. The charity funds research into finding better treatments and ways to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. According to the charity one person in every 500 has Parkinson’s which amount to approximately 127,000 in the UK according to the charity.
Richard’s colleagues at Ipes also held a charity day to support his fundraising.