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Junior doctor swimming Channel to help spine injury victims

WHAT’S it like to swim the English Channel? A Poole doctor who only started open water swimming last year will find out this summer.

Dr Annie Maggs, of Sherwood Avenue, will join a team of six raising money for the Aspire charity, which helps those with spinal cord injuries. She decided to take up the challenge during a year off following her foundation training.

“I wanted to do a personal challenge during this year and I got the idea after joining East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club,” she said. “Every week it seemed that someone had done a big event like swimming the channel so I thought I’d try that first of all as part of a relay.”

The Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race 1957 (1957)

Long version of the newsreel story GIRL WINS MASS SWIM - special for Butlin's - mute only.

Greta Andersen winning Butlin's EC race.

“America’s Best Girl” stole the nation’s heart by swimming the English Channel in 1926, and later dedicated herself to the deaf children she taught to swim

President Calvin Coolidge gave her the nickname “America’s Best Girl” after she swam across the English Channel in 1926. In her day, Gertrude Ederle captured the public’s imagination in the same way as other athletic and patriotic heroes like slugger Babe Ruth and aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. She was overwhelmed when an estimated 2 million people showed up in the financial district for a ticker-tape parade on August 27 celebrating her accomplishment, chanting “Trudy! Trudy!” (Never mind that her family actually called her “Gertie.”) She sustained a career as a minor celebrity for about a decade before retreating into a quiet life of teaching deaf children how to swim.

Rottemeren krijgt nieuwe Molentocht

De Rottemeren kende een KNZB-wedstrijd eind van het vorige milennium. Lang geleden. Hoewel er best nog actieve zwemmers zijn die deze wedstrijd zich nog kunnen heugen. De langste afstand was daar de 5km. 10 maal een baanlengte van 500m. Op afstand van de baan waren de molens langs het water wel zichtbaar. We koersten op de heenweg ook richting een van deze monumenten. We zwommen er echter nooit langs.

Zonder brilletje?

The Grimsby Telegraph published film footage of the 1951 Daily Mail race across the English Channel.

The race was won by Mareeh Hassan Hamad of Egypt in 12 hours 12 minutes over France's Roger Le Morvan who finished in 12 hours 13 minutes. Footage of the race shows some very different conditions of channel swimming in the 1950's compared to contemporary times across the Channel.

Watch Brenda Fisher swim the English Channel in 1951

The Grimsby trawler's daughter not only swam the English Channel in 1951 but also smashed the time set a year earlier by another female swimmer

In August 1951, Brenda Fisher swam the English Channel - breaking the women's world record time for the tremendous endeavour.

The 23-year-old daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper, completed the distance between France and England in a new record women's time of 12 hours 42 minutes; breaking the previous women's record of 13 hours 20 minutes, set by Florence Chadwick in 1950.

'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters.

Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.

How to Swim for 67 Hours Straight

Sarah Thomas swam 104 miles last month in Lake Champlain. Here’s how.

It was Aug. 7 when Sarah Thomas, 35, of Conifer, Colorado, calmly walked down a slick, concrete boat ramp at Rouse's Point – the last stop in the United States at the northern end of Lake Champlain on the New York and Vermont borders. She was ready for the daunting challenge that lay ahead. The accomplished marathon swimmer was beginning a journey that would take her a little over 52 miles south to Gardiner Island and then back to her starting point: all at once, without stopping, without sleep, without a wetsuit and without touching another person or her support boat the entire time. She achieved this 104.6-mile swim – dubbed a "century swim" because it was over 100 miles – in 67 hours and 16 minutes to notch a new world record for longest current-neutral swim. (Current-neutral means she didn't have assistance from currents in the water.)

Living every stroke

Dean Summers completes yet another epic swim dedicated to seafarers

Ian Ackerman
October 18, 2017

ITF’s man in Australia Dean Summers has become the 51st person to swim the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Channel Challenge presenteert plan voor Rotte Challenge

2017-10-07 - Voorburg - Morgen is er een bijeenkomst in De Roerdomp aan de Rottemeren om te praten met gebruikers van de Rotte over nieuwe plannen om promotie te maken voor de Rottemeren. Daar zal ChannelChallenge samen met 010 Swim Experience een plan presenteren voor een mooie zwemtocht van 12,5km langs de molens, de sluizen en rietkragen van de Rotte.

De tocht zal als zelfstandige solo kunnen, solo in pods en als estafette voor de wat minder geoefende zwemmers. Daarnaast is er een plan voor een etappewedstrijd in de rivier en meren van de Rotte.

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