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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.

Light Blues swim to victory


In July this year Cambridge University Swimming and Waterpolo Club emerged victorious from the biannual Varsity Cross-Channel swimming relay. The Light Blues completed what is meant to be one of the hardest swims in the world in 8 hours 51 minutes beating the Dark Blues' time of 9 hours 2 minutes. This was also the fastest time set for crossing the channel for 2010, an incredible result as the teams faced an unfavourable tide.

Distance no object for Barrow swimmers


A SUCCESSFUL season in the open water has come to a close for the members of Barrow Long Distance Swimming Club.

There were triumphs throughout the summer for the club members, starting with the Bala swim in North Wales.

In the 3km race, Tamara Durresepe finished third female, in 55.25mins, and Sally Chapman was fourth, in 56.57.

Irene Meikle was the first lady breaststroker, and David Cleghorn finished fifth male, closely followed by Ian Standing in sixth.

In the six-mile swim, Barrow’s Rebecca Lewis was first lady home for the third year running, with 16-year-old Erin Thompson fifth and mum Vicki Thompson ninth.

David Walliams backs Steve McCarthy Channel attempt

The original article by Joanna Codd is posted (with picture) on Bournemouth Echo since 11:00am Tuesday 12th October 2010

ACTOR and comedian David Walliams is backing a Poole man who hopes to become the first blind man to swim the English Channel.

Voluntary worker Steve McCarthy, 42, of Parkstone, has been picking up training tips from the star, who himself did the 21-mile crossing for Sport Relief four years ago.

“I’ve always loved swimming, since I was a young kid. I saw news reports about Channel swimming and thought ‘I would love to do that one day’,” he explained.

British Heart Foundation Santa Swim (dook!)Cramond Promenade, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Sunday, 28 November, 2010 - 07:30 to 08:30

Sunday 28th November 2010
British Heart Foundation Santa Swim (dook!)Cramond Promenade, Edinburgh

Event start time 08:30 to 09:30

The Edinburgh Santa "dook" is a fun family event suitable for all ages and abilities as well as keen swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as those looking for an unusual day out in support of the Nation's Heart Charity!

Swim Ulster

A summer of swimming outdoors


As the outdoor swimming event season draws to a close, I want to take a look back over the summer and share my experiences, writes Phil Heath. It began way back in June when, along with some of my fellow masters swimmers, I took part in the British Gas Great East Swim at Alton Water, a large reservoir just south of Ipswich.
The weather conditions were not ideal as strong winds were whipping up choppy waves across the lake and heavy showers were frequent.

English Channel swim still on for Carlisle man who suffers from artery disease

The original article by Meg Jorsh is posted  (with picture) on News & Star since 16:46, Friday, 01 October 2010

A Carlisle man was told he couldn’t swim the Channel in a wet suit, even though without one the temperature could kill him.

Damien Baglee, 35, suffers from Raynaud’s Disease, a blood vessel condition that makes cold water potentially lethal. But he’s still determined to swim the Channel next August, to raise money for Carlisle Mencap’s Grace Little Centre.

According to the Channel Swimming Association, swimmers must be dressed in ordinary costumes for their effort to count. When he asked for special permission to wear a wet suit, Damien, of Edenside, Cargo, said he met with little sympathy.

So near yet so far - Daniel's Channel attempt beaten by elements

The original article is posted (with pictures) on the TNT company website since 17th September 2010

Brave charity swimmer Daniel Vines was just four miles from the French coast when appalling conditions forced the abandonment of the TNT 'shore-to-shore we can' English Channel swim.

Daniel 34 - who heads up the Leicestershire operations of Britain's leading business-to-business express delivery company, TNT - and his plucky team mates had already swum

29 miles when English Channel Swimming officials refused to allow them to continue as atrocious weather rendered the bid too dangerous.

In a bitter twist of fate, the TNT team had made remarkable progress covering more than the actual 23-mile stretch between Folkestone and Cap Griz Nez beach near Calais, due to having to go with the tidal currents and flows and avoid busy shipping lanes.