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French call for ban on Channel swimming

The original article by Jonathan Brown is posted (with picture) on The Independent since Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Armed with little more than a bathing suit, nose plugs and a liberal application of Vaseline, hundreds of cross-Channel swimmers have sought out one of sport's toughest challenge since Captain Matthew Webb first performed the feat in 1875.

More than 1,200 hardy souls have journeyed from all over the world to make the 21-mile crossing between Dover and Cap Gris Nez, near Calais, braving exhaustion, chafing and 100,000-ton container ships in order to achieve their dream. Many more have failed.

Now growing concern over safety and fears of mounting numbers attempting the challenge has led some to call for stricter rules on cross- Channel swimming.

English Channel swimming facing ban?

The original blog by Nicola George is posted (with pictures) on her blog since Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Friends and colleagues texted, emailed, Twittered and Facebooked me on Monday about the BBC’s news that authorities are calling for a ban on English Channel swims. “Dangerous,” they call the swims. Well, yes. Like most extreme sports, Channel swimming isn’t completely predictable, and it’s not something you can do unless your wits are about you. There’s no cotton wool. No bubble-wrap. Not even wetsuits. I doubt we’d want to do it if there was.

Swimming the Channel is an endangered pursuit

Swimming the Channel is an endangered pursuit.
Swimming the Channel is so popular - so why do the French keep threatening to pull the plug on this fashionable challenge?

source: By Neil Tweedie

Captain Matthew Webb relied on port and meat pies to get him across – a more civilised, and British, form of nourishment than the nutrient gels favoured by today’s brand of aquatic masochist. Either way, swimming the English Channel is no picnic. Breaking waves, fog, jellyfish and the insidious, debilitating effects of long-term immersion in cold water make it as much of a trial as ever. And now there is another obstacle to success: the French.

Turbulent waters

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Turbulent waters - Cross-Channel swimmers have become very cross Channel swimmers. The French coastguard has proclaimed that the 140-year-old practice of swimming the narrowest 21-mile stretch dividing England from the Continent should stop on health and safety grounds.

English Channel is safe to swim

The original article by Laurence Cawle is posted (with picture) on EADT24 since Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 12:02 PM

Some of the globe’s finest long-distance swimmers have attempted to cross the 24-mile stretch from Dover to Calais despite its reputation as one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Pensioner from Conwy to swim the English Channel for Ty Gobaith

The original article by Mari Jones is posted on NorthWalesWeekly since Oct 28 2010

A PENSIONER is set to swim the English Channel to raise thousands for a children’s hospice.

Swimming in icy waters wouldn’t be most people’s idea of fun, but Brenda Williams, 64, feels more comfortable swimming in the sea than being on land.

Brenda, who lives at the Aberconwy Resort and Spa in Conwy, will swim across the Channel next July in a relay challenge. Five of them will be in the team, including her daughter Jenny, who used to be in the Army.

Brenda hopes to raise £3,000 for Ty Gobaith in Ty’n-y-Groes.

Channel swim in tribute to brother

The original article is posted on The Shuttle since 8:20am Thursday 28th October 2010

A KIDDERMINSTER man is swimming the Channel in tribute to his 14-year-old brother who died from cancer.

Paul Ingenthron, 20, of Spennells, lost his younger brother Mike to rhabdomyosarcoma cancer in November last year (2009).

He is aiming to raise £6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation - who organised a holiday break to London for Mike with a stop-off at Madame Tussauds - and Cancer Research UK.

Mr Ingenthron has been receiving support from Kidderminster’s King Charles I School, where both he and Mike were pupils.

Ferry firm in Channel swimming call


A ferry company has called for better regulation of cross-Channel swimmers because the endurance sport is growing so quickly.

DFDS, which runs a service from Dover to Dunkirk, said the rise in the number of those crossing the Channel was raising safety concerns.

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Record breaking Windermere swim is sunk by boat breakdown


A TEAM of swimmers were forced to abandon their bid to break a series of records in Windermere.

A group of six long-distance swimmers had to cancel an attempt at the first Windermere seven-way and eight-way relays on Saturday afternoon after their support boat broke down.