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Swimmer conquers Channel challenge

The original article was posted (with picture) on Hampshire Chronicle since 9:00am Sunday 29th August 2010

WINCHESTER student Ali Longman has conquered the English Channel She completed her successful solo crossing in 11 hours and nine minutes.

Her swim, earlier this month, started in the early hours of the morning from Samphire Hoe near Dover and ended at Cap Gris Nez later.

The 20-year old student who lives in Winchester and studies economics at Warwick University has been celebrating the fulfilment of a dream.

She said: “I glanced up as I swam right up to the White Cliffs and tingles went down my spine. I thought 'this is it.' As I scrambled out of the water on to the pebbly beach I hoped so much that the next ground I would touch would be in France.

Lake Windermere One Way

The original blog (with many pictures) is posted on Swimming the Channel since Sunday, 29 August 2010

Graduate takes part in monster challenge at Loch Ness

The original article was posted (with picture) on Kingston University since 23/08/10

Jenny Rice, who has just completed her Graphic Design degree at Kingston, recently took part in an attempt to swim the length of Loch Ness. She is a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club and, along with five other female swimmers, took on the challenge in aid of Afghan Mother and Child Rescue, a small charity set up by Roddy Jones, an early morning swimmer at the Serpentine.

The challenge was very much linked to Jenny’s studies at Kingston as she designed the Swim Loch Ness website1 and the team’s swimsuits as part of her Graphic Design degree.

49-year-old Penny Palfrey Is Now 41 (Triple Crown )


"She is amazing. I can't imagine anyone finishing under those conditions," said Lynn Kubasek, one of the support crew of Penny Palfrey's Catalina Channel crossing yesterday. "It was a bumpy ride over to Catalina Island and it was a very bumpy swim back over [to the mainland]. We had things flying across the boat during the swim. Mother Nature was definitely not nice."

"The water temperature started at 66°F (18.8°C), then it dropped to 61°F (16.1°C) mid-channel and by the time she finished it was 53-54°F (12°C). It was so cold that I am so amazed at her success. Getting that one crossing done was tough. She had such a hard shiver afterwards, but she was in pretty good spirits considering that she is number 41 in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming."

the British Gas Great Salford Swim, Manchester, Great Britain

Sunday, 26 September, 2010 (All day)

British Gas Great Salford Swim

A one-mile outdoor swim taking place in Salford Quays, Manchester

Channel swim - some reflections

source the blog from Karen Throsby :

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'


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


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.