Chris Stockdale

From Openwaterpedia
Dr. Chris Stockdale after cycling 3,594 miles around the coastline of England, Scotland and Wales
Dr. Robert Christopher Stockdale MBE is an Honour Swimmer from Great Britain who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1992

Dr. Robert Christopher Stockdale, MBE is a 76-year-old British open water swimmer.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • He served for 20 years at the physician to the Channel Swimming Association.
  • He swam the English Channel three times:
    • England-to-France in 17 hours 30 minutes in 1977
    • England-to-France in 15 hours 56 minutes in 1981
    • France-to-England in 14 hours 50 minutes in 1984
  • He was recognized with an MBE for his long-term services to charitable causes. Dr. Stockdale has raised £300,000 for charity over 42 years, largely through marathon swims including the English Channel and one 31 hours and 10 minutes swim along the 32km length of Lake Garda in 1989 as a member of the 24-hour club.

Endurance Athletic Career

  • In 1977, he kicked off his career with a 17 hour 30 minute English Channel swim that resulted in Dr. Stockdale being awarded the Channel Swimming Association’s Audenaerde Endurance Trophy when his escort boat sank after he finished the Channel.
  • In 1981, he completed a 3-way 9.6-mile Lake Bala swim in 5 hours 50 minutes, another English Channel swim of 15 hours 56 minutes, and a one-way 10.25-mile crossing of Windermere in 8 hours 5 minutes.
  • In 1982, he won the World Medical Olympic Games 1.5 km swim in Cannes, completed the 33 km from Capri to Napoli in 11 hours 33 minutes, and the 3 Lakes Swim (5.5 miles across Coniston in 3 hours 22 minutes, 7.25 miles across Ullswater in 5 hours 20 minutes, and 10.25 miles across Windermere in 10 hours 50 minutes).
  • In 1983, he swam from Walton to Clacton in 2 hours 43 minutes, a 2-way of Lake Bala in 3 hours 11 minutes, and 30 km across Lake Como in 16 hours 26 minutes.
  • In 1984, he swam Windermere again in 5 hours 51 minutes, the 30 km Lake Como again in 10 hours 54 minutes, and a triathlon of the English Channel in 14 hours 50 minutes followed by a 203-mile bike ride from Folkestone to Birmingham and a 26-mile marathon run in 4 hours 25 minutes.
  • In 1985, he swam 30 km in Lake Como in 12 hours 45 minutes and 16 km in Ischia in 4 hours 28 minutes.
  • In 1986, he swam 8 miles in Torbay in 4 hours 7 minutes, 10.25 miles in Windermere in 5 hours 59 minutes, 30 km Lake Como in 10 hours 14 minutes, and became the second person to swim 26.3 miles (42.3 km) across the Gulf of Naples from Ischia to Castellammare, Italy in 17 hours 48 minutes, together with Albert Coward of Naples, Italy in a tandem swim.
  • In 1987, he swam 8 km in the Cyclades from Paros to Antiparos, 10.25 miles across Windermere in 6 hours 11 minutes, 28.5 miles around Manhattan Island in 8 hours 40 minutes, and took part in the Channel Swimming Association Diamond Jubilee Channel Relay in 9 hours 52 minutes.
  • In 1988, he swam Windermere for the 5th time in 6 hours 38 minutes, 12 miles in Torbay in 6 hours 6 minutes, 10.5 miles from Torregaveta to Baia - Bacoli in Italy in 5 hours 13 minutes, and took part in the 25th Anniversary English Channel Relay in 10 hours 32 minutes to receive the Stan Maycock Shield given to the fastest male relay swim of the year.
  • In 1989, he swam Windermere in 5 hours 12 minutes, 11 miles in Lago Di Mergozzo in 5 hours 44 minutes, and 32 miles in an unprecedented effort across the length of Lake Garda in Italy from Torbole to Peschiera in 31 hours 10 minutes to join the 24-hour club.
  • In 1990, he swam 26 miles from Anadolukavagi to Buyukada in Turkey in 16 hours 15 minutes, set a new world record from Anadolukavagi to Kiz Kulesi in 3 hours 33 minutes, 11.2 miles in Isola D’Elba from Marino Di Campo to Punta Di Fetovaia in 6 hours 28 minutes, and did a 20.8-mile pool swim with Mark King in 10 hours 10 minutes.
  • In 1991, he swam 9km in the Primero Maratone Riviera Ligure in Alassio, Italy in 3 hours 10 minutes, 26.4km across Lake Zürich from Rapperswil to Zürich in Switzerland in 11 hours 24 minutes, 11 miles around the Isola Di Capri in 6 hours 6 minutes, and was the first person to swim the 27 km from Naxos to Paros (Aliki) in the Cyclades in 9 hours 34 minutes.
  • In 1992, he completed the 6-mile Dover to Folkestone Challenge in 2 hours 54 minutes and completed the 3 Islands Swim in the Gulf of Naples where he swam 19 miles around Ischia in 11 hours 33 minutes, 11 miles around Capri in 6 hours 52 minutes, and 8 miles around Procida in 3 hours 55 minutes.
  • In 1993, he did a 6.4-mile 2-way Lake Bala swim in 3 hours 26 minutes, 3.25-mile Coniston’s Veteran’s Championship in 1 hour 46 minutes, and 26.4 km across Lake Zürich in 9 hours 17 minutes and received the British Long Distance Swimming Association’s Hans Belay Trophy for the Swim of the Year.
  • In 1994, he was the first person to swim 37 km from Ventotene to Forio D'Ischia in Italy in 20 hours 21 minutes, and participated on both the Aquatic Tomidi Channel Relay from England to France in 12 hours 36 minutes and the Audrey Scott Commemorative Men’s Channel Relay from England to France in 11 hours 11 minutes.
  • In 1995, he swam 8 miles in Torbay in 5 hours 15 minutes and complete a 21-mile Double Windermere in 16 hours 7 minutes.
  • In 1996, he completed the Triathlon ’96: he swam 10.25 miles in Windermere in 7 hours 47 minutes, cycled 180 miles from Fell Foot in Windermere to Norman Green Athletics Centre in Solihull in 22 hours 30 minutes, and ran a Half Marathon in 2 hours 17 minutes. He also completed the London Marathon.
  • In 1997, he swam 3.2 miles in Lake Bala in 1 hour 47 minutes, completed another Windermere 10.25-mile crossing in 7 hours 7 minutes, participated on the Channel Swimming Association 70th Anniversary Channel Relay from England to France in 12 hours 11 minutes.
  • In 1999, he completed the Nice Triathlon in 13 hours 12 minutes and the Great Britain Masters 1500m in Coventry (3rd) as well as the Great North Run.
  • In 2000, he completed a 6.4-mile 2-way Lake Bala swim in 3 hours 11 minutes, swam across Windermere in Force 4 conditions against in 9 hours 4 minutes, and swam 16.5 miles from Delos to Paros in the Aegean Sea in 8 hours 15 minutes where he was later made an Honorary Citizen.
  • In 2001, he swam 18 miles from Ischia to Capri in Italy in 10 hours 20 minutes.
  • In 2005, he cycled 2,000 miles from London to Athens, Greece over 4 weeks and 4 days.
  • In 2006, he swam a 6.4-mile 2-way Lake Bala in 3 hours 24 minutes, a 9.6-mile 3-way Lake Bala in 6 hours 7 minutes, and 16 miles in Lake Erie from Port Colborne in Canada to Sturgeon Point in the USA in 14 hours 15 minutes (oldest swimmer to succeed).
  • In 2013 he swam the 3.2 miles of Lake Bala in 2 hours.
  • In 2014 he swam 5.25 miles in Lake Coniston in 3 hours 21 minutes.
  • In 2015, he was made an Honorary Citizen of Forio D'Ischia, Italy.
  • In 2015 he swam the 3.2 miles of Lake Bala in 1 hour 56 minutes.
  • In 2018 he swam the 14 km Henley on Thames Marathon in 6 hours 27 minutes.
  • in 2019 he swam from Rapperswil to Meilen (Lake Zurich) 14.3 km in 7 hours 5 minutes.
  • In 2009 – 2010, he cycled 3,594 miles around the coastline of England, Scotland and Wales.

Swimming with Hero

He has written a book entitled Swimming with Hero. The book can be reviewed on his website and is available to order at All proceeds to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (cheques to UHB Charity).

External links