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Walsall swimmers smash Channel record in memory of tragic friend

For most people, swimming the Channel would be considered a huge achievement.

But an intrepid team of swimmers, who formed in memory of a tragic friend, crossed the 20-mile stretch separating England and France not once, not twice – but an incredible four times without stopping.

The six-person team, led by Paul Bates, originally from Walsall, took on the gruelling task, making it a record by becoming the first in Europe to complete a four-way crossing of the English Channel.

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