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Phil Gollop

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Philip Gollop is a British open water swimmer who completed four crossings of the English Channel between England and France between 1965 and 1969 sanctioned by the Channel Swimming Association and coached by Tom Watch.

Open Water Swimming Career

  • He set the record for the 20-mile Weymouth to Lulworth Cove and Return swim of 10 hours 35 minutes, breaking Greg Schofield's record by 5 minutes. The inaugural record had been set by Godfrey Chapman in 1951 with a time of 10:50.
  • In the inaugural Lulworth Cove to Weymouth championship, in a choppy sea, he finished second to Geoff Lake (4 hours 14 minutes) with a time of 4 hours 43 minutes 2 seconds.
  • In 1965, he competed in the 8-mile BLDSA sea swim at Torbay, finishing 8th in 4 hours 45 minutes 58 seconds, behind his colleague Greg Schofield who placed third in 4:11:36.
  • In 1966, he took 8th in the 1966 Torbay championship with a time of 4 hours 3 minutes.
  • In 1966, he competed in the first International Windermere championship, completing the 10-mile course in 6 hours 45 minutes 29 second to take 10th place.
  • In 1966, he competed in the 1966 BLDSA Bala two-way (6 mile) championships, placing 5th in 3 hours 21 minutes 10 seconds.
  • On 4 October 1965, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from France to England in 14 hours 31 minutes at the age of 16.
  • In 1967, he completed a crossing of the English Channel in 13 hours 45 minutes at the age of 17.
  • On 19 July 1968, he completed a crossing of the English Channel in 18 hours 10 minutes at the age of 19.
  • In 1969, he completed a crossing of the English Channel in 14 hours 28 minutes at the age of 19.
  • On 5 August 1973, he completed a 32 km [[Traversee in 10 hours 42 minutes 10 seconds.

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