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David Walliams completes Channel swim

5th July 2006

Little Britain star David Walliams has successfully completed the 21-mile swim across the English Channel to France.

The 34-year-old comedian, who entered the water at Shakespeare Beach in Dover, Kent, at 0531 BST on Tuesday, reached France at about 1600 BST.   He had expected the crossing to take 14 hours, so was "relieved and pleased" to make it in 10 hours and 30 minutes

Walliams undertook the gruelling swim as part of Sport Relief, for which he hopes to raise about £500,000.  So far, the swim has raised £400,000 and you can help him reach his target by going to his website and donating some money.

During the crossing, he had to swim through shoals of jellyfish, and cope with water temperatures as low as 15C.  Fewer than 10% of people who have attempted to swim the Channel have succeeded.

The famous stretch of water is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, with 600 tankers and 200 ferries crossing it every day.

Walliams covered himself in goose-fat to keep warm and was being given food from a pole on his support boat during the swim.

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