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'Custard Man' tastes defeat in Channel swim challenge


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


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


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


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:

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


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. 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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