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Good luck David

4th July 2006

Little Britain funnyman David Walliams has dived straight into his cross-Channel swimming challenge.

David set off from Shakespeare beach in Dover at 5.31am after being guaranteed the conditions were good enough for him to start.

The 34-year-old is attempting the estimated 16-hour swim in an effort to raise £500,000 for Sport Relief.

David will have to dodge jellyfish, seaweed and sewage along with tankers and boats as he front-crawls his way across the Channel - the world's busiest shipping lane.

The odds of David successfully completing the challenge are stacked against him, less than 10 per cent of participants make the gruelling 21-mile swim.

Just before taking the plunge David said: "I've been training for months now and to be honest I just want to get in there now and give it my best shot."

Former Olympic pentathlete Grey Whyte has been putting David through a vigarous training programme over the last 11 months and will be by his side in a boat throughout the whole challenge.

David's efforts are being broadcast throughout the day and a documentary about the swim will be broadcast on July 13.

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