Good news for charity: Sir Richard Branson and Ronan Keating to swim Irish Sea for Cancer Research UK

It’s going to be quite a challenge but Sir Richard Branson and Ronan Keating are preparing to captain a relay team to swim the Irish Sea – with the aim of setting a new Guinness World Record and raising £1million for Cancer Research UK.

The team of ten people, including celebrities and members of the public, will brave the treacherous Irish Sea from Dublin to Holyhead for the “longest distance relay swim in open water” record.

Cancer Research UK is giving two members of the public, who are regular swimmers, the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of The Swim.

At 56 miles, the route is almost three times the length of the English Channel and, what’s more, there are sharks lurking within its waters. That’s not enough to put off Boyzone’s frontman Ronan, who explained: “I’m not a strong swimmer, so swimming, open water, in the Irish Sea is going to be a real challenge for me. But the motivation to raise £1million for Cancer Research UK was enough for me to sign up.”

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