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£3,500 raised for St Andrew's Children's Hospice

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Marcus Walmsley


A COMPETITIVE sportsman showed hidden depths when he swam the English Channel. Marcus Walmsley (pictured left), of Louth, has raised £3,500 for St Andrew's Children's Hospice after completing the most gruelling challenge of his life so far.

The 27-year-old, who works at Kenwick Health and Leisure Club as a swimming teacher, has always had an ambition to complete the swim since an early age. It was not until he met Tony Espin (pictured right) – who himself swam the Channel in 1978 – that his dreams began to turn into a reality.

Tony introduced Marcus to cold-water swimming in Alexandra Dock four years ago, and he has never looked back. "The biggest difference between swimming in a pool at the leisure centre and in open water is the temperature," Marcus said. "Visibility was also a huge challenge, but after endless training it soon became second nature to me. "Even through the winter months, I would be training in the dock in minus degrees. At times I did question what I was doing. Tony has been an inspiration." To prepare him for the 22-mile swim, Marcus completed a Humber swim from Grimsby Dock to Spurn Point two years ago in two hours and 50 minutes.

The father-of-one said: "The morning I actually began the English Channel event, the water was calm but six hours in, it turned. All of a sudden, I was battling against the wind and tide and France's shoreline just never seemed to get any closer. I kept asking my support crew if I was actually getting anywhere but they said yes so I kept going. I did go through some dark hours when my arms and legs were tired." He completed the swim in 12 hours and 2 minutes on 15th July and can only recall his feelings at the time as 'pure elation'. "I look back over the pictures taken on the day and still cannot believe I did it. I am delighted with the amount of money I have raised for the children's hospice".

"Some of the children I teach at work have used its facilities, so the charity is something close to my heart. I felt pain while doing the swim but it is nothing compared to what these poorly children might go through each day." And Marcus realises just how lucky he has been to successfully swim the Channel. Only a few weeks after his own success, a 45-year-old, Paraic Casey, from Ireland, had been swimming for more than 16 hours when he became ill half a mile off the coast of France, and died. Marcus said: "It was very sad to hear about him and my thoughts go out to his family."

More July Successes.....

Tuesday, 07 August 2012

Three more relay teams made the arduous swim across the English Channel in July. The 3-person relay 'Hayling Legends' (British) swam on 20th July in 11h 33m with their pilot Stuart Gleeson; and the other two teams, also both British, the first 'Force 6' swam on 26th July in 14h 27m with their pilot Eric Hartley and the following day on 27th July the team 'G29 Wild Swimmers Eastbourne' (5) swam in a time of 15h 05m with their pilot Ray Cooper. Congratulations guys - brilliant swims!

Two more solo swimmers also made it across, including Marcus Walmsley (British) on 15th July in 12h 02m with pilot Reg Brickell and Michelle Macy from the USA on 26th July in a time of 10h 35m also with Reg Brickell.

Fantastic swims guys....!


Much Sadness

Sunday, 22 July 2012

With great sadness:

It is with much sorrow that we learn of the death of a wetsuit swimmer accompanied by the CS&PF. We send our deepest condolences to his family and all his friends.

Official message from the CS&PF:

It is with great sadness the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation confirms the death of an Irish swimmer whist attempting a solo crossing of the English Channel early this morning.
Páraic Casey from Cork, Ireland began his swim at 9.13am on Saturday morning and was just 1km from the coast of France at around 1:30 this morning when he took ill.
Attempts were made by crew to resuscitate him before a French rescue helicopter arrived with medics who tried further resuscitation.
Mr Casey was a member of the Sandycove Swimming Club in Cork, Ireland.
He is survived by his wife Riana who has issued the following statement:
"Páraic was an amazing, healthy, tough, loving husband, friend, brother, uncle, son, nephew and cousin who's recent passion for swimming brought him to great places. I would like to thank everyone for their love and support. We ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time."
CSPF Chairman
Michael Oram
All media enquiries to Frances Thornton
+44 (0) 7716505667
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More successful crossings...

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The 15th July saw two relays and one solo swimmer successfully cross the English Channel. 'Swim for Kids' a 4 person relay succeeded in 12h 30m; and amazingly the second relay 'The Rays' a 5 person relay team also swam in 12h 30m. Congratulations to both teams.

The solo swimmer Craig Morrison from Australia completed his Channel crossing in a time of.....wait for it.....12h 27m! There must have been something in the water! A big congratulations to you Craig.

Amazing times by all.


Latest Swim Results

Sunday, 15 July 2012

On 26th June Paramvir Singh and his relay 'Indian Air Force' successfully swam the Channel in 12h 14m with their pilot Stuart Glesson. Then they repeated this feat on the 5th July beating their previous time and completing in 11h 25m. Congrats to all four of you......

Also on the 26th June Harry Finger from Brazil swam a successful solo crossing in 12h 40m with Reg Brickell. Well done to Harry.

The 'Big Ricks Swim Team' swam again this year on 27th June hoping to get a 2 way crossing but unfortunately the weather was against them. They made it close to the shore on their last leg. Their first crossing however was completed in an amazing time of 10h 56m with their pilot Fred Mardle. Congrats did brilliantly.

On the 5th July the relay team Mandurah Mannas (3f;3m) from Australia reached France in a time of 14h 44m with their pilot Ray Cooper. Well done guys.....



Saturday, 30 June 2012

Congratulations to Max Steinhart who successfully crossed the English Channel on the 25th June. He is our first solo swimmer to reach the french shores in 2012. He is Brazilian and completed his swim in a time of 12h 30m with the pilot Reg Brickell.

Well Done from all at the CSA Max!!

Swim Applications 2012

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

I hope training is now at its peak for all those swimming the Channel this year.

If you haven't submitted your forms yet, then please note the Secretary does not take email scans, only HARDCOPIES.

Keep up the hard work!!

The NEW 2012 edition of the CSA Handbook OUT NOW!!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The New 2012 Edition of the Channel Swimming Association Handbook

  Channel Swimming Association Ltd

Handbook 2012

224 pages

Over 150 photographs, many in colour


 CSA swimmers and members price: Delivered to your UK door, only £13.50,  

Delivered to your world-wide door, only £16.00

Price:  In the shops £17.99, ISBN no: 978-1-906299-31-6

If you or a friend has swam the Channel Solo with the Channel Swimming Association prior to December 2011, then you or they will be mentioned.  If you have taken part in a Relay, the Relay will be listed. A wonderful reference book and a great present!


To order your copy you can either send your details with a cheque
Payable to ‘Channel Swimming Association Ltd’ to the address below
or e-mail
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Mike Read
9 Church Crescent
Ipswich IP8 3BJ

6 hour swim this sunday!

Thursday, 03 May 2012

SurvivaLifeguard Channel Swimming Club

SLCSC are holding a 6 hour swim on May 6th at Swan Pool, West Bromwich, Sandwell Valley Park, West Midlands, B71 3SZ. Compulsory safety briefing at 10.30am.

Fee (£30, cheques payable to Birmingham Lifeguards) £40 on the day

If anyone is interested the details for it are here:

Places available for 2012 Olympians

Wednesday, 02 May 2012

olympic logo 2012

Places available for 2012 Olympians wanting to swim the English Channel

We have pilots on stand-by to take out 2012 Olympians during this swim season. If anyone decides that they would like to swim the English Channel while in the UK, contact our secretary Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE by e-mail.

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