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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > November 19 > 40TH ENGLISH CHANNEL ANNIVERSARY


Forty years ago, Julie Bradshaw MBE swam the English Channel at the age of 15. Her subsequent 20 world record swims include a 4-way Windermere solo swim, a butterfly solo swim of the English Channel and the fastest person to circumnavigate the 28.5 mile course around Manhattan Island swimming butterfly.

What motivated a 15-year-old to swim the Channel?

I had always excelled at swimming – the longer the distance and the colder the water. I swam across Windermere when I was 12 and I swam the length of Windermere and got a junior record when I was 14. So the ultimate was the Channel – so I just went to my mum and said “I want to swim the Channel.” She gulped but her and my dad were very supportive throughout my whole swimming career.

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