The members of the Half Century Club prove that some things do get better with age.

Even if the weather does not cooperate.

This year, 72-year-old George Thornton, a psychology professor at Colorado State University, wanted to become the oldest person to cross the English Channel.

As he waited out the fickle weather, the professor’s two-week window came and went. “I can’t put into words at this point how I felt the past few days and what I feel now,” Thornton said in an e-mail to the Denver Post.

Like many others who are temporarily defeated by the elements, Professor Thorton is committed to trying again next year…at the age where he clearly qualifies for the Half Century Club, individuals who successfully completed a marathon or channel swim at least 50 years ago. There are Half Century Clubs in the English Channel (see below), Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Rottnest Channel Swim, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Lake Ontario, Lake Zurich and many other open bodies of water around the world.

1. Roger Allsopp (England), 70 years and 4 months, England-to-France in 17:51 in 2011
2. George Brunstad (USA), 70 years and 3 days, England-to-France in 15:59 in 2004
3. Clifford Batts (Australia), 67, France-to-English in 18:37 in 1987
4. Ashby Harper (USA), 65, E/F in 13:52 in 1982
5. Roger Allsopp (England), 65, E/F in 15:30 in 2006
6. Sue Oldham (Australia), 65, E/F in 17:11 in 2010
7. Michael Read (England), 63, E/F in 15:29 in 2004
8. Veljko Rogosic (Croatia), 63, E/F in 11:27 in 2004
9. Robert West (USA), 61, E/F in 15:35 in 1996
10. Sue Oldham (Australia), 61, E/F in 16:03 in 2006
11. Jean-Paul Madelenat (France), 60, E/F in 14:46 in 2002
12. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), 60, E/F in 15:57 in 2011 (shown above)
13. Linda Ashmore (England), 60, E/F in 15:11 in 2007
14. Vijaya Claxton (USA), 59, E/F in 22:27 in 2007
15. James “Doc” Counsilman (USA), 58, E/F in 13:07
16. Mo Siegel (USA), 58, E/F in 14:18
17. Carol Sing (USA), 57, E/F in 12:32 in 1999
18. Kevin Murphy (England), 57, E/F in 15:14 in 2006
19. Alan Macleay (England), 57, E/F in 22:14 in 2006
20. Richard Haan (Czech Republic), 57 in 14:07 in 2005
21. Peter Urrea (USA), 56, E/F in 14:38 in 1996
22. Kevin Murphy (England), 56, E/F in 13:35 in 2005
23. Jackie Cobell (England), 56, E/F in 28:44 in 2010
24. Duke Dahlin (USA), 55, E/F in 14:37 in 2003
25. Christopher Blakeslee (USA), 54, E/F in 14:44 in 2004
26. Michael Miller (USA), 54, E/F in 16:10 in 2008
27. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, E/F in 12:39 in 2011
28. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada), 54, E/F in 16:28 in 2011
29. George Hunihan (USA), 54, E/F in 16:30 in 2008
30. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 53, E/F in 10:29 in 1994
31. Klaus Stutzer (Germany), 53, E/F in 14:09 in 1997
32. Morris Finkelstein (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2003
33. Bill Hoehn (USA), 53, E/F in 15:53 in 2004
34. Hugh Tucker (South Africa), 53, E/F in 13:37 in 2004
35. Tom Hecker (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2005
36. Steven Smith (England), 53, E/F in 14:28 in 2005
37. Vasanti Niemz (Germany), 53, E/F in 16:50 in 2010
38. Dan Richards (USA), 53, E/F in 12:32 in 2010
39. Henry Eckstein (USA), 52, E/F in 14:24 in 2000
40. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 53, E/F in 17:18 in 2004
41. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 52, E/F in 14:57 in 2003
42. Dennis Dressel (USA), 52, E/F in 12:08 in 2003
43. Jorge Rikarday (Mexico), 52, E/F in 20:24 in 2003
44. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
45. Elizabeth Fry (USA), 52, E/F/E in 24:39 (13:20 + 11:19) in 2011
46. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
47. Gilles Chalandon (USA), 52, E/F in 14:31 in 2010
48. Kevin Murphy (England), 51, E/F in 14:29 in 2000
49. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 51, E/F in 17:08 in 2002
50. Anne Cleveland (USA), 51, E/F in 11:33 in 2007
51. Michael Ball (England), 51, E/F in 12:55 in 2009
52. Paul Downie (Australia), 51 E/F in 12:39 in 2011
53. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA), 50, E/F in 11:20 in 2004
54. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 50, E/F in 14:32 in 2005
55. Frank Chalmers (Scotland), 50, E/F in 16:48 in 2005
56. Tim Cheesman (England), 50, E/F in 16:14 in 2005
57. Terry O’Brien (Australia), 50, E/F in 15:50 in 2006
58. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, E/F in 12:54 in 2009
59. Jim Bayles (USA), 50, E/F in 10:59 in 2002
60. Jim Boucher (Ireland), 50, E/F in 16:51 in 2011
61. Andrew Hunt (Australia), 50 E/F in 13:54 in 2011

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