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Making the impossible seem possible

After swimming 88km, Caroline Block called time on her historic double North Channel attempt. But she’ll be back…


The North Channel is colder and tougher than the English Channel. Noone has completed a two-way North Channel crossing, but Caroline Block has made the impossible seem possible after coming tantalisingly close to finishing this “impossible” swim. Caroline started the first leg of her swim at Robbies Point in Ireland at 8:04pm, Friday 4 August with a water temperature of 12.9 Celsius and air temperature of 12.3. She reached landfall in Scotland at 11:36am on Saturday 5 August, completing the first leg in 15 hours, 32 minutes and 25 seconds. She called time on her two-way attempt east of Belfast Lough at 11:59 pm on 5 August, having swam 88km in 28 hours 55 minutes 1 second.

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor