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STOYCHEV SCOOPS


POLISH PRIZE Bulgaria’s Petar Stoychev won the BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland by 2 minutes, from Australian rival Trent Grimsey. The event is an 18.5km marathon swim


between Hel and Gdynia, and is held annually in late August. With its prize money of $28,000, it at racted a world-class fi eld. Four-time Olympian Stoychev won in a time of 3h 51m. The result came just a short time before Grimsey was to snatch Stoychev’s record for the fastest ever English Channel solo swim. American swimmer Christine Jennings won the


women’s division in 4 hours dead, two minutes ahead of Polish Olympian Natalia Charlos.


SERVICEMEN SET NEW ROUND-JERSEY RECORD


Teams of military swimmers have raised over £35,000 for the charity Homes4Heroes, which provides holidays for injured military personnel and their families. On 2 September, the three


Petar Stoychev


and Christine Jennings with their winner’s medals


TEEN TAMES SCOTS LOCHS 


Shropshire teenager Alina Warren has completed a 110km charity swim across open water in the Highlands. Marathon swimmer Warren (19) completed the swim in eight days. It is the fi rst time the whole of the Great Glen has been swum. Because British waterways does not allow anyone to swim in canals, Warren swam only in natural bodies and courses of water, including Lochs Ness, Lochy, Oich, Dochfour and Rivers


Oich, Ness and Lochy, meaning the youngster had to negotiate both rapids and weirs. The swim has so far raised more than £1,300 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), and the feat follows two years of planning. The plug was pulled on Warren’s fi rst at empt in 2011, aſt er she contracted both blue-green algae poisoning and Weil’s disease. Psychology student Warren says: “This swim has been at the


centre of my life for two years now, so it feels really weird that it is fi nished. “I have been training for two


years, doing distance swims and open water swims, and trying to acclimatise to the cold. The highlight was Loch Lochy, where I covered 9.5 miles in 6.5 hours. The last leg, River Lochy, was the toughest part.”


Donations can still be made at justgiving.com/Alina-Warren


branches of the British Armed Forces took part in a 41-mile round-Jersey swim. They were joined by a team from thew US Air Force, the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club (JLDSC) ands Bat le Back, a group of amputee servicemen. The event was organised by Charlie Gravet , JLDSC swim co-ordinator. The RAF team won the event, set ing a new relay record of 9 hours and 26 minutes.The full results were:


1. RAF 2. Army, (9h30m) 3. JLDSC (10h1m) 4. USAF (10h31m) 5. Bat le Back (10h35m)


You can read about


the event in more detail in Swim for Good, on page 68.


Alina Warren, stroking her way through eight days of Scot ish lochs and rivers


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