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Extreme British swimmer reveals it was her autistic son begging 'Don't leave me, Mummy' that ended her epic 7 Oceans challenge and not a circling shark, toxic jellyfish or 20ft swells

  • Beth French aimed to complete the Ocean's 7 challenge in less than a year
  • It involves swimming across seven open-water crossings across the world
  • A film will be released this year to tell the story of 40-year-old Beth's challenge
  • British Beth is a self-employed massage therapist and mother to autistic Dylan

The warm waters of Hawaii’s Molokai Strait shone like silk in the moonlight. The 28-mile stretch between Oahu and Molokai islands, in the North Pacific, is notorious for its 20ft swells, strong currents and deadly marine life, but British swimmer Beth French deftly sliced a path through the swell.

Several hours into the 17-hour swim, one of the world’s most gruelling challenges for extreme swimmers, Beth did not immediately notice the dorsal fin surging upwards from the starlit sea.

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.

Petar Stoychev, Like No Other In The Open Water

Petar Stoychev has checked off nearly all the possible boxes in the open water swimming world throughout his lengthy career:

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Remarkably, he has won international championships that have ranged from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F) including the uber-competitive 1 km race at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

Monterey Bay Swimming Association adding on new swims

The Amazing Monterey Bay
The Monterey Bay is one of our nation's most spectacular and protected bodies of water. The Bay offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Serengeti of the Sea." With about 300 square miles of open water, the interior of the Bay offers a wide range of swim possibilities from one mile club swims to ultra-marathon Bay Crossings.

The Monterey Bay Swimming Association is dedicated to supporting those who wish to undertake marathon and ultra-marathon swims in the Monterey Bay. The MBSA is available to observe and sanction swims and is dedicated to the safety, integrity, and accurate documentation of these swims and to preserve the traditions of marathon swimming by following internationally recognized rules and standards. The MBSA is also available to review and document historical swims completed prior to its inception.

Celebrating Kathleen Thomas – first woman to swim the Bristol Channel

NINETY YEARS AGO TODAY, a scrappy lady named Kathleen Thomas became the first person to swim the Bristol Channel between Wales and England. She set off from Penarth at 4.15am, and the crossing took her 7 hours and 20 minutes. Although the distance is 11 miles, it’s actually calculated to be 22.5 once you factor in the brutal currents.

Ontario man becomes first Canadian to swim across Strait of Magellan

The 47-year-old is just the 23rd person to complete the swim through the South American strait.

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

The 47-year-old from Oakville, Ont., becomes the 23rd person to complete the 3.9-kilometre swim through the strait famed for its strong winds, high waves and frigid waters.

Swimming myself sane

I’d only met Alice a few minutes previously, when I had plopped into the lane beside her, preparing to start my swim. She was stretching out a shoulder niggle, her whole arm pressed flat against the cold tiles, her head flexing away. As I adjusted my goggles ready to start swimming, she turned and smiled and said hello. She seemed to know who I was. Had we met before perhaps, and I’d forgotten?

She asked “Are you the cold water swimming lady?” I looked at her quizzically. “The one who teaches people about cold water swimming?” I raised an eyebrow, a little baffled. “The one who takes people under her wing? From the lido?” I replied: “I think we all take other people under our wings, don’t we?”

Oceans 7 in one year - Teaser Trailer

Preview into Beth French attempt to swim Oceans Seven in a single year.

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.

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