Half Century Club

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Dieter Loeliger, prolific member of the Half Century Club preparing for the Rottnest Channel Swim
noun - Half Century Club is a club that is exclusively limited to individuals who successfully completed a marathon or channel swim who are at least 50 years ago. There are Half Century Clubs in the English Channel, Catalina Channel (Catalina Channel Half Century Club), Santa Barbara Channel (Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club), Molokai Channel (Molokai Channel Half Century Club), Rottnest Channel Swim, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait (Cook Strait Half Century Club), Lake Ontario (Lake Ontario Half Century Club), Lake Zurich and many other open bodies of water around the world.

She finally made the Half Century Club on her second try in the English Channel.

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Half Century Club for the English Channel

The Half Century Club prove that some things do get better with age (athletes listed below by age):

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 Batt (Australia), 67, France-to-English in 18:37 in 1987
4. Ashby Harper (USA), 65, E/F in 13:52 in 1982
5. Joe Smith (England), 65, E/F in 14:09 in 1999
6. Roger Allsopp (England), 65, E/F in 15:30 in 2006
7. Sue Oldham (Australia), 65, E/F in 17:11 in 2010
8. Michael Read (England), 63, E/F in 15:29 in 2004
9. Veljko Rogosic (Croatia), 63, E/F in 11:27 in 2004
10. Robert West (USA), 61, E/F in 15:35 in 1996
11. Sue Oldham (Australia), 61, E/F in 16:03 in 2006
12. Jean-Paul Madelenat (France), 60, E/F in 14:46 in 2002
13. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), 60, E/F in 15:57 in 2011
14. Linda Ashmore (England), 60, E/F in 15:11 in 2007
15. Vijaya Claxton (USA), 59, E/F in 22:27 in 2007
16. James "Doc" Counsilman (USA), 58, E/F in 13:07 in 1979
17. Mo Siegel (USA), 58, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
18. Barbara Held (USA), 58, E/F in 12:10 in 2012
19. Carol Sing (USA), 57, E/F in 12:32 in 1999
20. Kevin Murphy (England), 57, E/F in 15:14 in 2006
21. Alan Macleay (England), 57, E/F in 22:14 in 2006
22. Richard Haan (Czech Republic), 57 in 14:07 in 2005
23. Peter Urrea (USA), 56, E/F in 14:38 in 1996
24. Kevin Murphy (England), 56, E/F in 13:35 in 2005
25. Jackie Cobell (England), 56, E/F in 28:44 in 2010
26. Duke Dahlin (USA), 55, E/F in 14:37 in 2003
27. Christopher Blakeslee (USA), 54, E/F in 14:44 in 2004
28. Michael Miller (USA), 54, E/F in 16:10 in 2008
29. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, E/F in 12:39 in 2011
30. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada), 54, E/F in 16:28 in 2011
31. George Hunihan (USA), 54, E/F in 16:30 in 2008
32. Anthony McCarley (USA), 54, E/F in 13:29 in 2013
33. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 53, E/F in 10:29 in 1994
34. Klaus Stutzer (Germany), 53, E/F in 14:09 in 1997
35. Morris Finkelstein (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2003
36. Bill Hoehn (USA), 53, E/F in 15:53 in 2004
37. Hugh Tucker (South Africa), 53, E/F in 13:37 in 2004
38. Tom Hecker (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2005
39. Steven Smith (England), 53, E/F in 14:28 in 2005
40. Vasanti Niemz (Germany), 53, E/F in 16:50 in 2010
41. Dan Richards (USA), 53, E/F in 12:32 in 2010
42. Doug McConnell (USA), 53, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
43. Kathy Batts (UK), 53, E/F in 22:30 in 2013
44. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 14.06 in 2012
45. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 15.54 in 2012
46. Henry Eckstein (USA), 52, E/F in 14:24 in 2000
47. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 53, E/F in 17:18 in 2004
48. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 52, E/F in 14:57 in 2003
49. Dennis Dressel (USA), 52, E/F in 12:08 in 2003
50. Jorge Rikarday (Mexico), 52, E/F in 20:24 in 2003
51. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
52. Elizabeth Fry (USA), 52, E/F/E in 24:39 (two-way in 13:20 + 11:19) in 2011
53. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
54. Gilles Chalandon (USA), 52, E/F in 14:31 in 2010
55. Mark Stone (USA), 52, E/F in 13:07 in 2009
56. Kevin Murphy (England), 51, E/F in 14:29 in 2000
57. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 51, E/F in 17:08 in 2002
58. Anne Cleveland (USA), 51, E/F in 11:33 in 2007
59. Michael Ball (England), 51, E/F in 12:55 in 2009
60. Paul Downie (Australia), 51 E/F in 12:39 in 2011
61. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA), 50, E/F in 11:20 in 2004
62. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 50, E/F in 14:32 in 2005
63. Frank Chalmers (Scotland), 50, E/F in 16:48 in 2005
64. Tim Cheesman (England), 50, E/F in 16:14 in 2005
65. Terry O'Brien (Australia), 50, E/F in 15:50 in 2006
66. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, E/F in 12:54 in 2009
67. Jim Bayles (USA), 50, E/F in 10:59 in 2002
68. Jim Boucher (Ireland), 50, E/F in 16:51 in 2011
69. Andrew Hunt (Australia), 50 E/F in 13:54 in 2011

Television Reports on 56-year-old Jackie Cobell

70-year-old World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominee

Origin

Usage dating to circa 2010 from Steven Munatones in Huntington Beach, California.

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