Kevin Murphy

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Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy is a 1977 inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer and a 2010 inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He currently serves as the Honorary Secretary of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation and President of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Half Century Club and the 24-hour club, and is a renowned reporter in Great Britain.

One of his well-known quips about his own marathon swimming is that he is going for a little dip.



Murphy has swum the greatest number of English Channel crossings for a male (34). Incredibly, his 1999 England-to-France crossing was two hours faster than his first success in 1968. In 1970 he became the first Briton to complete a double crossing of the English Channel, which he has done three times, and set the record of 11 hours and 21 minutes for crossing the Irish (North) Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

English Channel Crossings

His English Channel swims include his double-crossing in 35 hours 10 minutes in 1970, his England-France-England swim in 1975 in 36 hours and 3 minutes which was notable because he was ordered out of the water because of bad weather after swimming non-stop for 52 hours and 30 minutes when he was halfway back on his third leg and his France-England-France swim in 1987 in 32 hours and 42 minutes.

Murphy’s English Channel crossings include:

English Channel Relays

Murphy also participated in the following English Channel relays:

Ultra Marathon Swims

His other relays included the Loch Ness Relay in 2000 and in 2005, the Round Jersey Relay in 2003, the Loch Lomond 2-way Relay in 2002. Murphy’s other marathon swims include the:

the 37K (23-mile) Nile Marathon Race in Egypt in 11 hours 9 minutes

Other swims include 15 hours and 4 minutes across Loch Lomond in 1967 and 12 hours 53 minutes in 1979, double-crossing of Lake Windermere in 1969, 45K (28 miles) across the Bristol Channel in 1972 from North Devon to Porthcawl in 15 hours 8 minutes, 37K (23 miles) across Loch Ness in 1976 in 10 hours and 30 minutes, 33.7K (21 miles) across Lake Tahoe between California and Nevada, USA in 2003 in 13 hours 56 minutes, 35.4K (22 miles) across the Catalina Channel in California in 2003 in 15 hours 23 minutes, the 45K (28.5-mile) Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 2001 in 9 hours 2 minutes, 17.7K (11 miles) across Lake Mergozzo in Italy in 1989, across Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa in 1973 in 3 hours 45 minutes, a double-crossing in Table Bay between Blouberg to Robben Island in 1973, a 22K (13.6-mile) double-crossing of Table Bay in 1987 between Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island in 10 hours 38 minutes, a 2 hour 7 minutes crossing across Table Bay in 1987 from Robben Island to Blouberg, a 3-mile swim in Lake Bala in North Wales in 1963, 10.5-mile swim across Lake Windermere in 6 hours 29 minutes in 1964 and 6 hours 34 minutes in 1967, an 8-mile swim in Torbay (Torquay-Brixham-Torquay) in 3 hours 51 minutes in 1966, 3 hours and 57 minutes in 1969, 3 hours 37 minutes in 1971, 4 hours 41 minutes in 1972, 3 hours 40 minutes in 1976, 10 miles in the Weymouth-Lulworth Cove in 1966 in 4 hours 50 minutes, 7 miles from Walton to Clacton in 1972 and 1974, 6 miles from Folkestone to Dover in 1972 in 1 hour 51 minutes, Belfast Lough from Whitehead to Bangor in Northern Ireland in 1974, from Gorey to Bouley Bay in Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1974 in 2 hours 52 minutes, from Mumbles to Aberavon in South Wales in 1976 in 2 hours 55 minutes, across Lake Windermere in 5 hours 55 minutes in 1979 and in 5 hours and 45 minutes in 2006, two-way Solent between Ryde to Southsea in 3 hours 34 minutes, 8-mile Solent Challenge 2000 from Yarmouth to Gurnard on the Isle of Wight in 2 hours 45 minutes.

Murphy has completed the North Channel three times in total, including the harder Ireland-to-Scotland route. He swam from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 1970 in 11 hours 21 minutes to set a record that stood for 18 years with the water temperature between 8.8-13.3°C (48-56°F), from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 1971 in 14 hours 35 minutes, and from Scotland to Northern Ireland in 1989 in 17 hours 17 minutes.


Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club Members

Of the 53 official solo swims governed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, 24.5% of the swims have been accomplished by these swimmers of the Half Century Club:

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