Roger Allsopp

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Roger Allsop
Roger Allsop's course in 2011
On Roger Allsopp's first swim across the English Channel in 2006 at the age of 65, he became the fourth oldest person to successfully swim across the English Channel and a member of the Half Century Club. On Allsopp's second swim across the English Channel in August 2011, he became the oldest person to swim across the English Channel in 17 hours 51 minutes in sub-optimal conditions (6m spring tide) at the age of 70 years and 4 months.

An inspiration to many around the world, Allsopp was nominated as the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Allsop, a retired surgeon who continues to inspire with his age-defying marathon swims, had a refreshing perspective of channel swimming based on his experienced as a physician. "I try to focus and think about one day of absolute miserable. Training has I think gone well and I am now as ready as I can be. I'm slowing the pace a bit from now on and keeping an eye on the weather charts for the Channel."

He received the Inspirational Swim of the Year award at the 2012 H2Open Awards organized by H2Open Magazine, an award designed to celebrate achievement in open water swimming. He was recognized as the greatest inspiration in 2011 for becoming the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

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