Great Britain /UK meets...Keri-Anne Payne

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 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.

Young channel swimmers break team world record


A RECORD-BREAKING team of swimmers have said their gruelling crossing of the English Channel is the proudest moment of their young lives.

The Bristol English Channel Swim Team (Best) broke the world record for being the youngest team – all aged 12 – ever to swim the famous feat of endurance.

Months of gruelling cold-water training paid off when they completed the 21-mile relay in the hours of darkness last Saturday morning.

The crossing took the team 13.5 hours, during which time they had to contend with night-swimming, strong waves and currents, while watching out for jellyfish, passing ships and floating debris.

Team member Lewis Clarke, of Bishopston, said: "It was amazing to finally do it after all the hard training. We're all so proud of what we've done."

'Custard man' set to swim Channel


A WORCESTERSHIRE grandfather is set to swim the English Channel this weekend, four years after battling cancer.

Dave Granger, aged 53, of Norton, near Evesham, swam the Channel last year as part of a four-person relay team and set the British and Commonwealth record after completing the crossing in nine hours and 11 minutes.

Swimmer Braves Murky Loch Ness for Charity

Swimmer Braves Murky Loch Ness for Charity  source:

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Organisers planning 6 lap Open Water race at London 2012 Olympics


London 2012 organisers have released further details of the 10km open water swimming event in the Serpentine at Hyde Park.

The race will consist of six laps of 1.67km rather than the more widely-used format of four laps of 2.5km.

The swimming leg of the triathlon – due to take place over the two days before the marathon swimming – will also be in the Serpentine with athletes completing one 1500m lap before their cycling and running phases.

British Gas Great North Swim 2010 postponed

Unfortunately it has been necessary to postpone the British Gas Great North Swim, which was due to be staged on Saturday and Sunday September 4th and 5th at Windermere.

Update from Great North Swim team at: 18:00 Thursday 2 September 2010:

“This is due to prevalence of blue-green algae and the impact that this may have on your safety in the water.

Dutch relay record at the Channel Crossing

The IJsselmeer Bikkels succeeded in their intention to complete the Channel Crossing in a Dutch relay record. Webmaster Richard Broer, Hans Peter Hartog, Ralf van der Poel, Ron van der Harst, Roel de Hoop and Marcel van der Togt did the distance in relay form in 8 hours and 57 minutes. That was over a half hours faster than Haagse Bluf (with Jan van Daalen and Paul van Scheijndel) in 1969. They had a time of 9 hours and 29 minutes on the clock.

London 2012

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Sunday, 14 June, 2009 (All day)

5km Senior, 2 miles Junior/Senior Freestyle/Breaststroke and Novice 1,000 metre Freestyle event. Contact: Miss Liane Llewellyn, 62 Main Road, Denholme, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 4BL. Tel: 01274 830615. e-mail: PLEASE NOTE: DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED.