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Sally Minty-Gravett MBE has crossed the Channel seven times, including a record-breaking double crossing in 2016

Sally Minty-Gravett has swum the English Channel in every decade of her life since she was a teenager. Her first swim was on 30 August 1975, at the age of 18. She then swam it again in 1985, 1992, 2005 and 2013. Based in Jersey, she is a swimming teacher and an inspiration to hundreds of local and not-so-local swimmers, she’s completed numerous other long distance swims and earlier this year was awarded an MBE for services to swimming. On 30 August 2016, exactly 41 years after her first Channel swim, she completed an amazing English Channel double crossing in a time of 36 hours and 26 minutes. At 59, she’s the oldest person to ever do the two-way swim. Her time for the first leg of 15 hours and 3 minutes equalled that of her second crossing in 1985. It also seems that her total swimming time is the third longest marathon swim on record.

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One of the things that keeps me going through the winter is my daily outdoor dip, whatever the weather or temperature. A few years ago this would have been considered pretty odd behaviour by many, but opinions seem to be changing as outdoor swimming and cold water swimming is featured more and more in the media. Indeed, a group of sea swimmers now feature daily on the BBC in the short films between programmes! Find out the story behind the swimmers in our news section. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from Beth French about her close encounter with a shark in the Molokai Channel, we meet English Channel swimming legends Kevin Murphy and Sally Minty-Gravett and gain an insight into what happens when a swim goes wrong from Mickey Helps’s story of his unsuccessful two-way English Channel swim. I have really been enjoying Terry Laughlin’s series on mindfulness in swimming, which he brings to a close this issue with a look at swimming as ‘moving meditation’. It is a really interesting element to introduce to your training sessions. If you haven’t decided what swims you would like to complete in 2017, check out our event listings. And remember, events are not just for competitive swimmers – a race is only a race if you race it, otherwise it is just a lovely swim. We have some exciting news to share about H2Open – turn to page 27 to learn about our big plans for 2017 and how the magazine is changing. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.