2020 WOWSA Awards
Julian Critchlow was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year category with the following nomination: Besides crossing the English Channel in 2004, 2014, 2017 and 2019, Julian Critchlow has researched, analyzed and explained the feats of swimmers of all ages and abilities across the English Channel for 16 years. He is analytical like no one else; he patiently and thoroughly documents the details of 2,804 English Channel crossings since 1875. His genius insight on the data enables him to view, present and comment on the English Channel community from both obvious and non-obvious perspectives, about both solo swimmers and relays. For his uncanny, thoughtful, highly inquisitive observations of the English Channel community, for his deep thinking and historical analyses of solo swims and relays across the most iconic waterway of the world, and his comprehensive accuracy in building, maintaining, and sharing the most authoritative English Channel solo and relay swimming database, Julian Critchlow of the UK is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- He served two terms as the Vice Chairman of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.
- He maintains a definitive data base of English Channel solo swimmers from 1875 to the present based on lists from the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation and the Channel Swimming Association.
- On 4 September 2004, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 14 hours 8 minutes at the age of 39 while raising monies for Diabetes UK.
- On 4 August 2014, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 17 hours 35 minutes at the age of 49.
- In 2006, he did an English Channel relay in 16 hours 41 minutes. In 2010 successfully completed an Arch to Arc relay in 50 hours 1 minute, both on behalf of local and national charities. And in 2021, we completed a third relay in 11 hours 55 minutes.
- On 27 February 2016, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 8 hours 43 minutes 5 seconds at the age of 51.
- On 26 August 2017, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 16 hours 48 minutes 20 seconds at the age of 52.
- On 27 August 2019, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 16 hours 10 minutes at the age of 54.
- He writes on English Channel swimming in his blog site with lots of facts and analysis.
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