Have you got what it takes to swim with Richard Branson and Ronan Keating across The Irish Channel

Ronan Keating (don't know how useful the snorkel will prove swimming The Irish Sea)

Want to swim The Irish Channel and raise £1 million for Cancer Research UK? Sir Richard Branson and Ronan Keating are captaining a team of ten people including celebrities and members of the public to make the 56 mile swim across Jellyfish infested waters from Holyhead to Dublin.

To be in with a chance of winning one of two spots open to the public all you need to do is set yourself a swimming challenge, get sponsored and raise a minimum of £100 by 15th July 2011. The more you raise, the more chance you have to be on the team. And you’ll need to be able to swim 3000 metres in open water by July 2011 (further details are available from here).

Ten places will be drawn at random, and ten places will be offered to the highest fundraisers. The chosen 20 swimmers will then be invited to a swim trial in Brighton on 26th and 27th July 2011, which will assess fitness, technique and ability to work in a team. If you cannot attend one of these days then you forfeit your opportunity to join The Swim. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Ronan Keating commented: “This is going to be a really tough personal challenge; I’m not a strong swimmer, in fact I’ve only just started learning! The Irish Sea is going to be cold, rough and we’ll have to swim throughout the night when it’s pitch black. You never know what’s lurking beneath…”

Sir Richard Branson added: “I’ve attempted and succeeded in several feats over the past 30 years. But swimming the Irish Sea in a relay team, a distance of 56 miles, with a team of amateur swimmers, to raise £1m for Cancer Research UK … this is really going to be a challenge. Not to mention my recent leg injury or the 30 species of sharks that live in the Irish Sea. We’re going to need all the help we can get!”

To find out more about getting involved in The Swim go to https://the-swim.co.uk/getinvolved