A FITNESS fanatic and fundraising swimmer from Littlehampton was left ‘throwing up for hours’ after completing his latest charity epic.
Nathan Abbott, 17, became the first person to finish the 15-mile swim through the River Arun, from Greatham Bridge in Coldwaltham, to the Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat station in Fisherman’s Quay, on Saturday (August 23).
And as if battling against the river’s powerful tidal flow for more than five hours wasn’t gruelling enough, Nathan managed to pick up a nasty illness which left him vomiting throughout Sunday.
The teenager, who is a student at St Philip Howard Catholic High School, Barnham, said: “It’s been nasty. Over the last 24 hours I and another swimmer who joined me for a few miles have been throwing up. I must have been vomiting for at least five hours on Sunday.
“The river isn’t exactly full of nice things.”
In spite of Nathan’s illness, the teenager said he was overjoyed to have accomplished his impressive feat – which raised a staggering £4,500 for Smile Train.
For the full story, see this week’s Gazette (Thursday, August 28).