Maggie Hodgart of Maybole attempted to swim the
English Channel Friday, 15 August. She swam for more than seven
hours but ended short of her goal.
For the whole
story read her blog
Maggie Hodgart (nee Kidd) became the second Scottish
woman to swim the English Channel on the 23rd of July 1987 and is
one of only 2 women ever to swim the Irish Channel. After 15 years out of the water
she has been training for a few months and hopes to swim the English Channel again on
the 3rd of August next year 2008, 21yrs after her first crossing!
am swimming to raise money for
Asdas Breast Cancer Charity, Tickled
Pink and am hoping to raise a lot of funds for it. (Donations to
the charity can be made using the form in the left hand column
below.) The cost of
hiring a support boat to take me across the channel is £2000 and I
am looking for local businesses to help towards the cost and in
return I am willing to advertise their company in any way I can e.g..
name printed on swimcap, newspaper, banner on boat, Maybole website etc.
If you can help with a sponsorship please contact me. Maggie Hodgart
Tel: 01563 551319
My first English Channel swim took me 14hrs 15mins and I finished at
Cap Blanc Nez 8 miles along the coast from the finishing point of
Cap Griz Nez. I had been in the water just over 11hrs and had half a
mile to go but the tide turned and I was swept along the coast so
my 22 mile channel swim turned into 30 miles and I finished at 1:05 am
in pitch darkness. So next August I really want to either start in
the dark or really early in the morning so I can finish in daylight.
Why do I want to take on such a challenge as swimming
the channel again? At the beginning of
July this year I spent 10 days in Crosshouse hospital with pancreatis
and gallstones and I think it has made me to turn my life around. I
have had 15 years out of swimming and I now really want to get fit
again and lose weight. After coming out
of hospital I started going to swimming again and really enjoyed it
and decided now my kids are a bit older and I have time to train
again I was going to go back down to Dover and have another shot of
I decided to raise donations for Tickled Pink (breast
cancer charity) because my best friend Jackie has just had a mastectomy
and also a woman I'm friends with who goes to the same gym as I do has just been diagnosed with
breast cancer and she has just had her first lot of chemotherapy. She has
kids the same age as mine. My ex husbands aunt also had a mastectomy
a few years ago and when I was in hospital I was in the same ward as
two women who were both getting a mastectomy. It affects far too
many women of all ages. My mum died from throat cancer 5 years ago.
I recently had my first training session in the sea and really enjoyed
it surprisingly enough, but the water was cold ! Just now I am doing
4 training sessions a week in the pool and 5 training sessions in
the gym a week, as I am at Kilmarnock College full time doing an HNC
in computer programming.
I think this channel crossing will be a
totally different experience this time to when I did it 20 years
ago. 1.) I will be 21yrs older 2.) My mum and dad were both on the
boat supporting me the last time and this time it will be my kids
3.) I want to raise a lot of money for cancer 4.) If I make it
across I will be the only Scot to have done it twice. The date for my swim is
the 3rd of August which is actually my 42nd birthday but obviously
if the weather isn't good I will be going the nearest date after
that. Maggie "