Congratulations to the Microsoft UK Cross Channel Charity swim team. Six brave individuals from Microsoft UK had been training hard for a cross channel swim (Dover to Calais) to raise money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.
Well, while I was sleeping in Seattle the intrepid team have successfully completed the swim!
The channel is approx. 18 nautical miles wide but with the swimmers having to go with the current the actual distance swam will be longer. If you look at the map I don't think they could have made it much longer!!
The swimmers were tracked in real-time using a solution by ALPHA MICRO Systems who stepped up to support the team. You can review the team's swim at http://www.amslivetrac.com/ Using Microsoft Virtual Earth to display the action, the Alpha Micro solution accurately captured the time and geographic data plus photos which were delivered to flickr.
Well done to the team and to Alpha Micro Systems for their support. If you haven't yet pledged support for these amazing people, now is the time to do so!