609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

Charity swimmer's next challenge in New York

A CHARITY fundraiser is doing a 28-mile swim around Manhattan Island in New York.
Graham Walton, 45, from Shotley Bridge, near Consett, is going to the United States to take part in The 20 Bridges challenge on August 25.

Dutchman aims to swim the Elfstedentocht to raise money for cancer research.

Olympic open water swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden will on Saturday 18-8-2018 begin a marathon swim following the 200 kilometre route of the legendary Elfstedentocht skating race.


Czech hardy man Jaroslav Chytil, 42, has just made headlines by conquering the North Channel. The strait between Northern Ireland and south-western Scotland is considered to be the hardest channel swim in the world and few have managed to complete the crossing. Jaroslav is the 58th person in the world to do so. I spoke to him on his return and began by asking what had made him take on this particular challenge.

Zoggs fogbuster: Swimmer suffers significant eye damage from recalled anti-fog gel for goggles

A Queensland swimmer has suffered "horrible pain" and damage to his eyes after applying a recalled anti-fog gel to the inside of his goggles.

Darren Lydeamore, who spent three days in hospital, had no idea that Zoggs Australia had recalled the faulty product, and his treating doctor said given the seriousness of his injuries, the recall should have been more strongly worded and better publicised.

The East German Doping Machine

From the late 1960’s through the 1980’s, athletes from the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) swam their way to glory, winning Olympic gold medals, setting world records and - so it seemed at the time to some -demonstrating the superiority of communism over its capitalist competitors.  The achievements of the East German aquatic stars were duly acknowledged by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) between the years of 1981 through 1993, when fifteen East Germans were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Longest staged sea swim 'record broken' by Ross Edgley

A man has broken the world record for the longest staged sea swim on the 74th day of his attempt to complete a 2,000-mile swim around Britain.

Man swims Channel and is too sick to celebrate!

A MAN from Cockpole Green swam the Channel for charity — and was then too ill to celebrate.

Peter Lowe, 50, had to combat jellyfish stings, busy shipping lanes and swimming in pitch darkness to complete the 20-mile challenge from Dover to Calais in just under 14 hours.

Swimming the Turkish Hellespont: Alex Preston follows in Lord Byron's wake

After swimming the Hellespont, the fast-flowing strait that separates Europe from Asia, Lord Byron wrote to his mother. ‘I plume myself on this achievement more than I could possibly do on any kind of glory, poetical, political or rhetorical.’

Van Rouwendaal edged out in bid for fourth gold

Sharon van Rouwendaal produced the most astounding comeback of the European Championships after losing her way in the 25km open swimming event only to still come agonisingly close to completing a clean sweep of four golds in Loch Lomond on Sunday.

‘King Ferry’ delivers Dutch another late, late gold

Ferry Weertman was hailed as the “king of the open water” after once again delivering one of his celebrated last-gasp shows in Loch Lomond to deliver gold for the Netherlands in the 5km mixed team event at the European Championships.

Swimmer to attempt 12km Sealand to Felixstowe crossing

A famous ‘micro-nation’ will provide the starting block for a swimming challenge that could put Richard Royal in the record books.

The brave swimmer is hoping to become the first person to ever to swim from the Principality of Sealand back to the UK - docking in Felixstowe.

Irish Sea swimmer in Belfast hospital after being plucked from water

A Hungarian man is recovering at a Belfast hospital after attempting to swim the Irish Sea.

Attila Manyoki, 43, was tantalisingly close to the Scottish coast when he had to be plucked from the water on Saturday.


After an incredibly close photo finish in the men’s 10k at the European Championships, the judges took several minutes to analyze who the winner was between Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands and Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary. They were both given identical times of 1:49:28.2, but after much deliberation, it was determined that it was Weertman who had indeed touched first.

Van Rouwendaal completes golden double in the 10km

Dutch Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal completed an open water swimming double at the European Championships on Thursday when she added the blue riband 10 km title to the 5km gold she won 24 hours earlier.

Brighton sea swimmer makes it across the Channel for charity

A Brighton sea swimmer steamed across the English Channel yesterday (Tuesday 7 August) to help raise funds to set up a charity.
Fiona Mildner, a member of Brighton Swimming Club, swam the Channel in 11 hours and 15 minutes – one of the fastest times this year.