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Man swims Channel and is too sick to celebrate!

A MAN from Cockpole Green swam the Channel for charity — and was then too ill to celebrate.

Peter Lowe, 50, had to combat jellyfish stings, busy shipping lanes and swimming in pitch darkness to complete the 20-mile challenge from Dover to Calais in just under 14 hours.

Swimming the Turkish Hellespont: Alex Preston follows in Lord Byron's wake

After swimming the Hellespont, the fast-flowing strait that separates Europe from Asia, Lord Byron wrote to his mother. ‘I plume myself on this achievement more than I could possibly do on any kind of glory, poetical, political or rhetorical.’

Van Rouwendaal edged out in bid for fourth gold

Sharon van Rouwendaal produced the most astounding comeback of the European Championships after losing her way in the 25km open swimming event only to still come agonisingly close to completing a clean sweep of four golds in Loch Lomond on Sunday.

‘King Ferry’ delivers Dutch another late, late gold

Ferry Weertman was hailed as the “king of the open water” after once again delivering one of his celebrated last-gasp shows in Loch Lomond to deliver gold for the Netherlands in the 5km mixed team event at the European Championships.

Swimmer to attempt 12km Sealand to Felixstowe crossing

A famous ‘micro-nation’ will provide the starting block for a swimming challenge that could put Richard Royal in the record books.

The brave swimmer is hoping to become the first person to ever to swim from the Principality of Sealand back to the UK - docking in Felixstowe.

Irish Sea swimmer in Belfast hospital after being plucked from water

A Hungarian man is recovering at a Belfast hospital after attempting to swim the Irish Sea.

Attila Manyoki, 43, was tantalisingly close to the Scottish coast when he had to be plucked from the water on Saturday.


After an incredibly close photo finish in the men’s 10k at the European Championships, the judges took several minutes to analyze who the winner was between Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands and Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary. They were both given identical times of 1:49:28.2, but after much deliberation, it was determined that it was Weertman who had indeed touched first.

Van Rouwendaal completes golden double in the 10km

Dutch Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal completed an open water swimming double at the European Championships on Thursday when she added the blue riband 10 km title to the 5km gold she won 24 hours earlier.

Brighton sea swimmer makes it across the Channel for charity

A Brighton sea swimmer steamed across the English Channel yesterday (Tuesday 7 August) to help raise funds to set up a charity.
Fiona Mildner, a member of Brighton Swimming Club, swam the Channel in 11 hours and 15 minutes – one of the fastest times this year.