Tag: Roger Allsopp

How Old Can They Go? Very Old

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. We are quite confident that the record books will be completely rewritten over the next 20-30 years in terms of the healthful longevity of open water swimmers. At this time, 73-year-old Dr. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 70-year-old Cyril Baldock (Australia) and 70-year-old Dr. Roger Allsopp (Great Britain)

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Septuagenarian Swimmers Still

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. When Des Renford first swam the English Channel in 1970, he was 43 years old and was referred to in the press as "Maroubra Grandfather Des Renford" because back in the 1970s swimming community, 43 was considered quite advanced in chronological age. But as Renford's articles remained tucked away and became

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How Many Swimmers Do You Know?

Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist at the University of Oxford, is famous for Dunbar's number. He believes that people can maintain 150 relationships with other humans, a measurement of the cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships. “When people add more than 150 friends on Facebook, they

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