Half Century Club

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

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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