Julie Bradshaw International Medley Relay

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The Julie Bradshaw International Medley Relay is a 34-kilometer individual relay swim across the English Channel in 11:29 on 18 September 2010.


Team Members

The team consisted of Susan Ractliffe (backstroke), Pete May (breaststroke), Dr. Julie Bradshaw (butterfly) and Kim Owen (freestyle). All swimmers are from Great Britain.

The Crossing

At 06:41 Susan Ractliffe entered the water at Shakespeare beach, to ensure that the relay is recognised as a Medley attempt the swimmers are swimming in correct international stroke order in one-hour rotations on 18 September 2010. Ractliffe had a smooth changeover with May doing breaststroke while being escorted by Reg and Ray Brickell on the Viking Princess. At 08:41 Bradshaw takes over with butterfly. Owen, despite feeling seasick, takes over from Julie at 09:41 and moves into the South West Shipping lane as a 360 degree ship count gives a total of 26 ships within view.

Ractliffe takes the team into the Separation Zone at midday and 45 minutes later Bradshaw swims into the Northeast Shipping lane. At 16:00 they enter the French coastal waters and continue on towards the coast. At 18:10 Owen lands on the beach just to the East of Cap Gris-Nez to complete the Julie Bradshaw International Medley Relay across the English Channel from England to France in 11 hours and 29 minutes.


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