A Swimming Record That May Never Be Broken

A Swimming Record That May Never Be Broken

43 is a number that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

43 is open water swimming’s gold standard of longevity and endurance.

43 represents a nearly impossible level of commitment to fathom.

43 is the number of times that the Queen of the Channel, Alison Streeter MBE, has crossed the English Channel.

43 times between the ages of 18 and 39 Alison set off and accomplished her goal while working and also doing a number of other swims around the world including 3 times across the North Channel, once across the Catalina Channel, Capri to Napoli and the Toreneous Strait, in addition to circumnavigations around Manhattan Island, the Isle of Wight and Jersey.

43 includes 3 two-way crossings and one epic three-way crossing.

43 includes 7 crossings in the year 1992 5 crossings in the 1995 season.

43 times between her first crossing in 1982 at the age of 18 to her last crossing in 2004 at the age of 39.

43 includes a fast English-to-France crossing of 8:50 at the age of 30 and a record 8:48 France-to-England crossing at the age of 24.

43 includes an average crossing time of 10:57 over her 10 France-to-England swims and a 10:59 average over her 33 England-to-France crossings.

43 is a reason why the Queen appointed Alison a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1991 in addition to her charity fundraising (over £100,000 for various charities).

43 is a record that is hard to imagine will ever be broken.

43 includes the following crossings:
#1 – E/F, 11:21, 31-Aug-1982 with pilot Dixon on the Channel Express at the age of 18
#2 – E/F, 9:22, 3-Aug-1983, Dixon, Channel Express, 18
#3 – F/E, 11:54, 3-Aug-1983, Dixon, Channel Express, 18
#4 – E/F, 10:06 26-Jul-1984, Dixon, Channel Express, 19
#5 – E/F, 11:03, 28-Sep-1986, Dixon, Channel Express, 22
#6 – F/E, 8:48, 20-Sep-1988, Dixon, Channel Express, 24
#7 – E/F, 9:41, 24-Sep-1989, Dixon, Channel Express, 25
#8 – E/F, 10:36, 2-Aug-1990, Oram, Aegean Blue, 25
#9 – F/E, 10:35, 2-Aug-1990, Oram, Aegean Blue, 25
#10 – E/F, 13:29, 2-Aug-1990, Oram, Aegean Blue, 25
#11 – E/F, 9:50, 26-Sep-1990, Brown, Aegean Blue, 26
#12 – E/F, 10:07, 14-Aug-1991, Oram, Aegean Blue, 26
#13 – F/E, 9:53, 8-Sep-1991, Oram, Aegean Blue, 27
#14 – E/F, 11:41, 27-Jun-1992, Darling, Harbinger, 27
#15 – E/F, 10:40, 8-Jul-1992, Oram, Aegean Blue, 27
#16 – E/F, 11:12, 28-Jul-1992, Oram, Aegean Blue, 27
#17 – E/F, 10:29, 5-Aug-1992, Oram, Aegean Blue, 27
#18 – F/E, 11:51, 5-Aug-1992, Oram, Aegean Blue, 27
#19 – F/E, 11:17, 22-Aug-1992, Oram, Aegean Blue, 27
#20 – F/E, 10:45, 21-Sep-1992, Oram, Aegean Blue, 28
#21 – E/F, 10:16, 12-Jul-1993, Oram, Aegean Blue, 28
#22 – E/F, 11:14, 28-Aug-1993, Oram, Aegean Blue, 28
#23 – E/F, 10:17, 25-Sep-1993, Oram, Aegean Blue, 29
#24 – F/E, 11:26, 16-Jul-1994, Oram, Aegean Blue, 29
#25 – E/F, 10:48, 1-Aug-1994, Oram, Aegean Blue, 29
#26 – E/F, 9:40, 2-Sep-1994, Oram, Aegean Blue, 30
#27 – E/F, 10:24, 28-Sep-1994, Oram, Aegean Blue, 30
#28 – E/F, 11:53, 7-Jul-1995, Oram, Aegean Blue, 30
#29 – E/F, 8:50, 21-Jul-1995, Oram, Aegean Blue, 30
#30 – F/E, 12:05, 21-Jul-1995, Oram, Aegean Blue, 30
#31 – E/F, 9:55, 21-Aug-1995, Oram, Aegean Blue, 30
#32 – F/E, 10:58, 4-Sep-1995, Oram, Aegean Blue, 31
#33 – E/F, 9:30, 26-Jul-1996, Oram, Sea Satin, 31
#34 – E/F, 9:31, 20-Aug-1996, Oram, Aegean Blue, 31
#35 – E/F, 11:35, 29-Jun-1997, Oram, Aegean Blue, 32
#36 – E/F, 11:14, 8-Sep-1997, Oram, Aegean Blue, 33
#37 – E/F, 10:56, 2-Aug-1998, Oram, Aegean Blue, 33
#38 – E/F, 11:03, 6-Jul-1999, Oram, Sea Satin, 34
#39 – E/F, 12:28, 6-Aug-2000, Oram, Aegean Blue, 35
#40 – E/F, 14:24, 26-Jul-2001, Oram, Aegean Blue, 36
#41 – E/F, 12:58, 5-Jul-2003, Oram, Aegean Blue, 38
#42 – E/F, 13:44, 20-Sep-2003, Oram, Aegean Blue, 39
#43 – E/F, 12:35, 24-Jul-2004, Oram, Aegean Blue, 39

43 is quite simply unfathomable.

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