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Channel swim - some reflections

source the blog from Karen Throsby : http://thelongswim.blogspot.com/

It’s been 10 days now since I swam the Channel. Physically, I emerged from it better than I thought I would; mostly I just felt really hung over for several days – probably the result of dehydration, plus general metabolic chaos. I wasn’t particularly stiff or sore, but my energy levels were very erratic, and I was quite hyper from adrenalin and sugar for a couple of days post-swim. Consequently, I had trouble sleeping for more than a couple of hours at a time for several days. Still, I felt like the training had really paid off, and that I’d come out it pretty well, with no injuries to speak of. In psychological terms, it took a while for it to all sink in. I’d found the last four hours incredibly hard, distressing…

Mum gives up job to swim English Channel

The original article by Duncan Smith is posted on This is Local London since 12:01pm Monday 23rd August 2010

A MOTHER of two is training for a marathon swim across the English Channel next month in aid of the Royal National Life Boat Institution.

Chantal Carr, 35, from Edmonton, has given up her job to complete intensive training before the gruelling 21-mile swim from Dover beach to Cap Gris-Nez near Calais through a busy shipping lane.

Mrs Carr said: "Doing a Channel swim is something I have been thinking about for a few years. Reading up about it I found out that it is 80 per cent mental and 20 per cent physical.

Cumbrian charity swim cancelled because 'lives at risk'

source: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

A charity swim on Ullswater due to take place today has been cancelled because of a clash over safety concerns.

The managing director of Distant Horizons outdoor centre, who was approached by the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) to run the 10k challenge, was forced to cancel, he says, after the society increased the number of entrants from 100 to 180.

“I explained to them that this was in breach of our original agreement, and that 180 was far too large a number, especially as there had already been three deaths on Ullswater this year,” Jason Beverley, 39, said.

'Custard Man' tastes defeat in Channel swim challenge

source: http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk

A BRAVE cancer survivor who dreamed of swimming the English Channel had his hopes dashed just a mile from the finish line.

Dave Granger of Norton set off on the 21 mile swim at 5.30am last Friday in a bid to complete a lifelong ambition and raise £2,000 for the Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity, of which he is a trustee.

The 53-year-old was faced with a tirade of bad weather from the start and had to contend with medication which made him ill and the side effects of his treatment for throat cancer which causes painful ulcers when in contact with salt water, leaving him unable to swallow solid food.

Sociologist becomes part of her own research project as she successfully swims the English Channel

source: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk

A sociologist at the University of Warwick who is researching the cross channel swimming community has become a part of her own project by successfully completing the gruelling 21 mile swim herself.

Dr Karen Throsby has turned her passion for long distance swimming into an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research project exploring what motivates someone to attempt a channel swim. Her project,  Becoming a Channel swimmer: embodiment and identity in an extreme sporting culture will also look at how the body changes when you train for a marathon swim and what that reveals about the body’s limits.

Counting cost of Great North Swim cancellation

source: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/

THE cancellation of the Great North Swim disappointed thousands of swimmers as well as local traders.

Over 9,000 competitors had signed up for what would have been the third annual one mile race from Low Wood marina.

One swimmer who decided to stay in the area was Sarah Findley, 28, from Leeds, who was to swim in the event to raise money for the Stroke Association.

She said: “I got a text and an e-mail on Friday to say it had been postponed.

North Channel Swim Report

source: http://sligotriathlon.blogspot.com

Club member Kieran Fitzgerald recently formed part of the support crew for Annemarie Ward's successful north channel swim. This invovles swimming from Ireland to Scotland and is as daunting as it sounds with only 10 crossings to date. It's rated as more difficult than the English Channel which puts it into perpective, it really is a massive achievement reported in the national press and further. The main challenges are the low water temperature, currrents and jellyfish which can be found in massive numbers in those waters. Swimmers cannot wear wetsuits and rely on grease (goose fat i think) to provide some insulation.

Serpentine Ladies complete Loch swim... without any help from Nessie!

Serpentine Ladies complete Loch swim...

without any help from Nessie!  source: http://www.amcr.org.uk/html/lochness_swim.html

British woman is slowest person to swim the Channel completing crossing in 28 hours 44 minutes

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

As a self-confessed "slow swimmer" Jackie Cobell knew when she set out to cross the English Channel that it might take her some time. However, she could hardly have thought she would still be in the water more than a day later.

The 56-year-old inadvertently added more than 40 miles to the feat after being pushed off course by the tides and entered the record books as the slowest person to ever swim the Channel.

In a heroic effort that took 28 hours and 44 minutes to cross from Dover to Calais, she comfortably beat the previous world record holder Henry Sullivan who swam the distance in 26 hours and 50 minutes in 1923.

Sport.co.uk meets...Keri-Anne Payne

The original and complete article is posted with picture on sports.co.uk

 Author: Andrew Allen
Open water swimming; the only sport where the threat of red and yellow cards for violent conduct exist in tandem with the danger of wayward choppy waves, pesky seaweed, poisonous jelly fish stings and gut-wrenching fatigue. It doesn’t sound that appealing does it?
Alas, for Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne it is a way of life and one at which she excels. The 22-year-old shot to prominence two years ago when she won the silver medal in the 10km event at the 2008 Olympic Games and has since ensconced herself at the top of her event by winning the World Championships in Rome last year.

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