Many pet owners will know Ollie as a Cheltenham based vet. Perhaps you don’t know of his other life in the world of long-distance swimming. His wife Vickie competes with him and supporting the CLC ‘Bg Swim’ on June 17th.
We are delighted that Ollie is supporting our SWAM appeal and will be launching the Sandford Lido SWAM week from Sunday July 16th. We haven’t asked Ollie how many metres he has swum in his career – but we suspect he is the only person we know who probably has ‘swam across the moon!’
If you want to find out more about Ollie’s swimming go to www.olliechannelswim2009.blogspot.com
just after winning the ‘Blood Big Marathon Swim’ in Melbourne, Australia
Just a few facts about Ollie’s astonishing swimming career:
- Twice swum the English channel solo (21 miles), 2009 and 2015. Once in the traditional format (goggles, cap, bathers) and once as part of our 2-person Arch to Arc/London to Paris, ultra-triathlon relay, the only 2 person relay ever to complete the event (normally done in 6 person teams). Ollie’s wife Vickie was the other person in his team!
- Twice competed in the Australian Rottnest Channel swim (20km) – the biggest mass participation marathon swim in the world, finishing 2nd overall in 2011. Ollie swam over a hammerhead shark during this swim.
- Twice swum the Manhattan Island Marathon swim (45km). Including a race in 2011, which Ollie won and in doing so broke the 16 year old world record for the fastest ever circumnavigation of Manhattan (5hrs 44min). A record that resulted in a mention in the Guinness book of records and still stands.
- Several fundraising swims in the Sandford Park Lido including a 12hr, 42.2km continuous swim in 2012 and last year swimming 30 marathon swims in 30 days, i.e. 10km of continuous swimming every day for 30 days.
- Won the British Long Distance Swimming Association’s ‘Champion of Champions’ race 3 times. Where you have to complete three back to back races totalling 9 miles.
Seen here: Just after winning the ‘Lido Sprint’ trophy and just after winning the ‘Blood Big Marathon Swim’ in Melbourne, Australia swimming around Manhattan in 2011 on way to setting world record.