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Violin teacher dives into open water challenge

September 30th, 2014
Violin teacher dives into open water challenge

A violin teacher is swapping strings for a bright red swimming cap to dive into a chilly charity challenge.

Musician Chris Horner, who teaches students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, is preparing to take on a one-mile long open water swim to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Taking place between Pendennis and St Mawes Castles in Cornwall on October 4, the Castle to Castle Swim allows 450 competitors to take part.

Chris said: “This is a really great event because you get to swim where you would never swim on your own.

“All of us who do open water swimming have a rule – never swim on your own because of the currents.

“To train, I take a wetsuit down to the pool.

“People either think you’re a complete wally or very good and very serious, so whichever it is you get a lane to yourself which is great.”

This will be the third time father-of-two Chris has taken on the challenge.

In 2012, he raised £715 for the RNLI and hopes to collect as much as possible this year.

He added: “It is a very important charity and they do an absolutely tremendous job.

“I’ve got a long connection with the sea – my father was in the Navy.

“I am at home in the water.

“I’ve been open water swimming since I was 13. I was completely crackers – I used to go out until I could touch the currents.

“I love everything about it.”

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