Roger Allsopp Ambassador for October 2012 Skipton Swimarathon

June 8th, 2012 by Skipton International Ltd

The Skipton Swimarathon is delighted to announce that Roger Allsopp will be joining the 2012 event as its official Ambassador.

Roger Allsopp is the most inspirational swimmer in Britain, one of the Independent newspaper’s 100 outstanding people whose charitable work makes the UK a happier place, and the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

The 71 year old Guinness World Record holding swimmer is also a retired breast cancer surgeon and grandfather, as well as being one of Guernsey’s best known and loved personalities.

As Ambassador to the Skipton Swimarathon, his role will be to work with the sponsors Skipton International to encourage people to sign up for this year’s event and so raise funds for local good causes and also to formally open start the swimming on the day.

The Skipton Swimarathon, now in its 36th year, is organised by the Guernsey Lions and the Guernsey Round Table and is one of the island’s oldest charity events.

Set to take place again at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre from Wednesday 3 to 7 October 2012, the event raises funds for good causes in Guernsey and is a permanent fixture in the island’s charity events calendar.

Roger Allsopp first swam across the English Channel in 2006 at the age of 65, at which point he became the fourth oldest person to successfully swim the distance and a member of the Channel Half Century Club, an honour limited to individuals who have successfully completed a Channel swim and who are at least 50 years of age.

On Roger Allsopp’s second swim across the English Channel in August 2011, he became the oldest person to swim the crossing in a time of 17 hours 51 minutes. The conditions on the day were particularly harsh, with Roger having to battle a 6 metre spring tide.

A role model for many in Guernsey, Roger Allsopp also won the H2Open 2012 World’s Most Inspirational Swim of 2011 award, beating David Walliams of Little Britain fame.

In the spirit of fun, non-swimmers have participated in rubber dinghies, sub-aqua clubs without surfacing, keep fit clubs without swimming and the event even had its own TV station for a few years!

Guernsey Variety Club faded some years back and Round Table and Lions Club are now the beneficiaries. Quite often the two clubs agree to pool Swimarathon resources towards a common goal, for example: Help the Aged; Guernsey Society for cancer relief – Bulstrode House; a number of Youth Clubs; Maison St. Pierre; Grow Limited; W.R.V.S; equipment for handicapped swimmers. St. John’s Ambulance and Rescue; The Ron Short Centre and last year’s two main beneficiaries Young People Guernsey and the appeal to build a new Xtreme Sports Park at Beau Sejour.

Although Swimarathon was given the use of the Beau Sejour pool free of charge in its early years, later, when charges were introduced the Organising Committee was able to offset costs due to the generosity of local sponsors. We are delighted to announce that for this year Skipton International is again the sponsor.

The 2011 Skipton Swimarathon raised over £44,000 for good causes in the Island, including major donations to the appeals for the new Xtreme Sports Park at Beau Sejour and the Young People Guernsey charity.


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