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Greg Schofield

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Gregory Schofield in 1982 with Mervyn Sharp, Philip Gollop who was the youngest at that time to cross the English Channel with his 13 hour 45 minute crossing in 1965, Jacqui Hampson who, with a time of 15 hours 32 minutes in 1982 became the youngest person to have swum across the English Channel, and Godfrey Chapman whose 13 hour 2 minute crossing made him the first Englishman to complete the Daily Mail race of 1951

Gregory Schofield is a British open water swimmer from Weymouth, England.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • he set the record for the 20-mile Weymouth to Lulworth Cove and Return swim of 10 hours 40 minutes.
  • he finished third in the 8-mile BLDSA sea swim at Torbay in 1965, finishing 3rd in 4 hours 11 minutes 36 seconds.
  • On 21 August 1964, he completed a crossing of the English Channel at the age of 20 in 15 hours 35 minutes from Shakespeare Beach, England to Wissant, France under the auspices of the Channel Swimming Association, escorted by Reg Brickell, coached by Godfrey Chapman.
  • he completed a number of swims in BLDSA championships while building up to his 1964 Channel swim:
    • 1963: Windermere (10 miles), 10th in 7:49:15
    • 1963: inaugural Trentham Lake championship (3 miles), 3rd, 1:29:05
    • 1964: Torbay (8 miles), 6th in 4:52
    • 1964: Lake Bala 2-Way (6 miles), 3rd in 3:51.
    • 1964: in training for his English Channel swim, he completed an 18 mile swim in 12 hours.
  • In 1966, Godfrey Chapman and Tom Watch and Schofield organized a first championship swim for the 10 mile course from Lulworth Cove to Weymouth.
  • On 2 October 1966, he helped Kevin Murphy complete a 6 hour 50 minute 13-mile two-way crossing between Weymouth and Lulworth.
  • In 1982, Greg was one of five swimmers from Weymouth who had successfully swam across The Channel.

English Channel Crossing[edit]

From his own report which appeared in the 1965 BLDSA annual report: "20-21 August. Temperature 59-62 degrees F. Wind swinging to easterly, Force 4. Early Spring tides. Left Shakespeare beach 12:25 pm stroking 66 per minute for the first hour, raising to 72 per minute in the third hour when I stopped for the first feed, chicken, fruit juice, chocolate, glucose coffee, cold water. An hour later in the middle of the Channel about 10 miles off Blanc Nez, the chances of breaking a record looked good. Then came the long haul to get off Gris Nez before the tide started to sweep back up Channel. . . missed it and had to spend 8 hours swimming parallel with the coast, 3 miles off. As predicted, a strong wind blew up making the sea very rough, and consequently making me very sick, and unable to eat anything for the last 6 hours. I finally struggled ashore at 4 am, just below Wissant.

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