Super fit Ben Brophy has successfully swum the English Channel in memory of his late father.
The 22-year-old of Gilbert Close, Kempston did the Dover to Calais crossing, the world’s busiest shipping lane, in just 14 hours and 52 minutes.
Ben was only allowed to wear one hat, a pair of trunks and goggles.
The former Hastingsbury Upper and Bedford College student undertook the challenge in memory of his father who passed away to a form of blood cancer a decade ago.
He said: “My decision to participate is in tribute to my late father, Lee Brophy and I want to do what I can to prevent other people having to go through a similar experience to what I did at such a young age.
“I found the swim very hard and after eight hours in the weather changed with heavy waves repeatedly hitting against my body and shaking the support boat due to its ferocious power.
“I have no doubt that this could be the single biggest challenge I may face in my lifetime and it’s near impossible to explain how painful and emotionally demanding this challenge really was.”
Ben, who is currently studying at Aston University, has raised over £3,430 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research and continues to raise awareness and gain donations with a target of £10,000.
Donate via justgiving.com/teambrophy.