Father of four swims for the hearts of Wales
4:01pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
AN award-winning pharmacist from Neyland took the plunge last week to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
Jon David was part of the Killer Wales team which successfully completed the English Channel swim on Thursday, September 26.
The team was made up of Welsh cardiologists and doctors who were raising money for the Heart Research Fund for Wales.
They were inspired to do the challenge after a shocking statistic revealed death rates from heart disease are 15% higher in Wales than in England.
They trained for their cross-channel feat by swimming in the rivers Usk and Wye and off the Gower Peninsula.
On the day the conditions were challenging, with big seas causing a great deal of sea sickness.
Currents were also strong which meant that the final swim distance was estimated as being twice the direct 21 mile English Channel distance.
The team landed in France in just over 13 hours on a little known beach just east of Cap Gris Nez. They were relieved not to encounter any jelly fish along the way, though a passing gannet did attempt an attack on one of the swimmer's feet!
Mr David, who is a father of four, is no stranger to endurance events, having already completed the gruelling Great Britain triathlon and seven Iron Mans.
He said: “It was quite tough really. The team was a group of colleagues, most of whom are old friends with whom I used to play water polo many years ago when I was a young pharmacist at Charing Cross Hospital, London.
I had the first hour at 4am at Dover and then had another swim a few hours later. The conditions were cold and rough.”
The team is aiming to raise £100,000 towards research by the Welsh Heart Institute.
If anyone would like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Jon-David
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