A team of seven 13-year-olds from Taunton School in Somerset have achieved their dream of crossing the English Channel.
It took them 15 hard-fought hours but they beat a team of staff by 50 minutes but were pipped to the coast by a group of Royal Marines - just three minutes ahead.
The roll of honour:
- Emma Hounslow
- Emily Lawton
- Skyla Coate
- Ollie Halliday
- Imogen Childs
- Jonny Cole
- Annabelle Lewes
For the last 200 metres, all the children swam to shore together.
The teams were spurred on after receiving messages of support from Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, endurance adventurer Sean Conway and the world record holder for swimming the English Channel Trent Grimsey.
The race began at 9am on Monday (19 September) and they swam in relay, taking an hour each at a time, from Shakespeare’s Beach to Cap Gris Nez.
It ended in the early hours of this morning in the dark on the shores of France.
All the children were very tired this morning but are proud of their achievement - having raised an impressive sum of money for the Royal Marines Charity.
The teams were accompanied by three boats and an official observer from the Channel Swimming Piloting Federation.