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Richard Stretch

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A group of open water swimmers at the aQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa before the start of the one-mile open water swim across the Midmar Dam

Richard Stretch is a South African open water swimmer who helps organize the 8 Mile Charity Club at the annual aQuellé Midmar Mile.

8 Mile Club

The charity event challenges a group of open water swimmers to complete eight one-mile swims one right after the other at the aQuellé Midmar Mile, the world's largest competitive open water swim. The 8 Mile Club raises funds for various charities and is headed by Mervyn Bremner, Richard Stretch and Stan Kozlowski. Stan Kozlowski started the idea of swimming all 8 miles to raise funds for the Wildlands Conservation Trust in 2001. Bremner formalised the 8 Mile Club with Kozlowski in 2004 and since then has completed 93 miles to top the list of official 8 Mile Club swim list. Members of the 8 Mile Club wear a special gold-colored swim cap.

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