Kathy Batts

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Kathy Batts in mid-channel during her English Channel crossing on 6-7 August 2013 at the age of 53
The Loveleys including Kathy Batts, Liane Llewellyn, Paula Foreman, Lucy Donnelly, Rachael Cretten and Becky Hedges
Kathy Batts (born 4 September 1960) is a British channel swimmer with 14 English Channel relays and one solo crossing under her swim cap.

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English Channel Governing Bodies

Batts previously served on the Channel Swimming Association committee and serves currently as the Treasurer for the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.

The Loveleys

Batts was also a member of The Loveleys, a group of women who took 17 hours 50 minutes 50 seconds to swim 56 miles around the Isle of Wight in a island circumnavigation swim. Liane Llewellyn (a 2-way English Channel swimmer), Paula Foreman (2-way English Channel swimmer), Lucy Donnelly, Rachael Cretten and Becky Hedges were the other members.

The Loveleys. Why?

Batts is the Oldest Team member who has swum in English Channel relays since the age of 15 and managed them in every decade of her life including one two-way crossing and hundreds of individual solo swims of the seas and lakes throughout the UK. After having coffee with Kevin Murphy, she really wanted to do another first and they came up with three possible swims including the Isle of Wight. She ran the idea past Foreman and they decided to pursue this further.

English Channel Solo

Batts completed a solo crossing of the English Channel on 6-7 August 2013 at the age of 53 years in 22 hours 30 minutes 11 seconds to join the Half Century Club.

English Channel video

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