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. Duke Dahlin (USA), 55, E/F in 14:37 in 2003
28. Christopher Blakeslee (USA), 54, E/F in 14:44 in 2004
29. Michael Miller (USA), 54, E/F in 16:10 in 2008
30. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, E/F in 12:39 in 2011
31. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada), 54, E/F in 16:28 in 2011
32. George Hunihan (USA), 54, E/F in 16:30 in 2008
33. Anthony McCarley (USA), 54, E/F in 13:29 in 2013
34. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 53, E/F in 10:29 in 1994
35. Klaus Stutzer (Germany), 53, E/F in 14:09 in 1997
36. Morris Finkelstein (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2003
37. Bill Hoehn (USA), 53, E/F in 15:53 in 2004
38. Hugh Tucker (South Africa), 53, E/F in 13:37 in 2004
39. Tom Hecker (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2005
40. Steven Smith (England), 53, E/F in 14:28 in 2005
41. Vasanti Niemz (Germany), 53, E/F in 16:50 in 2010
42. Dan Richards (USA), 53, E/F in 12:32 in 2010
43. Doug McConnell (USA), 53, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
44. Kathy Batts (UK), 53, E/F in 22:30 in 2013
45. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 14.06 in 2012
46. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 15.54 in 2012
47. Henry Eckstein (USA), 52, E/F in 14:24 in 2000
48. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 53, E/F in 17:18 in 2004
49. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 52, E/F in 14:57 in 2003
50. Dennis Dressel (USA), 52, E/F in 12:08 in 2003
51. Jorge Rikarday (Mexico), 52, E/F in 20:24 in 2003
52. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
53. Elizabeth Fry (USA), 52, E/F/E in 24:39 (two-way in 13:20 + 11:19) in 2011
54. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
55. Gilles Chalandon (USA), 52, E/F in 14:31 in 2010
56. Mark Stone (USA), 52, E/F in 13:07 in 2009
57. Kevin Murphy (England), 51, E/F in 14:29 in 2000
58. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 51, E/F in 17:08 in 2002
59. Anne Cleveland (USA), 51, E/F in 11:33 in 2007
60. Michael Ball (England), 51, E/F in 12:55 in 2009
61. Paul Downie (Australia), 51 E/F in 12:39 in 2011
62. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA), 50, E/F in 11:20 in 2004
63. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 50, E/F in 14:32 in 2005
64. Frank Chalmers (Scotland), 50, E/F in 16:48 in 2005
65. Tim Cheesman (England), 50, E/F in 16:14 in 2005
66. Terry O'Brien (Australia), 50, E/F in 15:50 in 2006
67. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, E/F in 12:54 in 2009
68. Jim Bayles (USA), 50, E/F in 10:59 in 2002
69. Jim Boucher (Ireland), 50, E/F in 16:51 in 2011
70. 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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