Julie Bradshaw

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Julie Bradshaw MBE, inductee (Honour Swimmer) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE, the second person to complete an all-butterfly crossing of the English Channel
Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE, certificates
Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE, certificates
Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE, Manhattan award
Men's team and women's team, including Steve Junk, Mark Cockroft, Dougal Hunt, Chris Palfrey, Stephen Spence, Julie Bradshaw, Michelle Macy, Barbara Pellick, Penny Palfrey, Lucy Roper, and Heather Osborn on Lake Taupo for the Taupo x 3 world record setting relay

Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE is a 2006 inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. She holds 14 world records for long distance and Channel swimming dating from 1979. She was awarded MBE in New Years Honours list 2006 for “Services to swimming and charity”.

Since the age of 15 years old, Bradshaw has raised many thousands of pounds for charity. The money raised from Channel swim in 1979, began the Fylde Hospice in Blackpool. She served as Director (from 2004) and Secretary (2007) of the CSA for 10 years until 2017.

World Records


Bradshaw is a qualified Teacher and Swimming Teacher and lectures part-time at Loughborough University in the Sport and Exercise Department. She is also a Professional Psychological Therapist/Counsellor, and a Coach and Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis. Bradshaw is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is DBS (enhanced)(current).

Alongside her swimming, she works part-time as a PE Lecturer at Loughborough University and is a Counsellor with Open Door (Young People’s Service) and a College in Loughborough. She also runs her own successful private Counselling and Therapy service. In addition, she is a Motivational and After Dinner Speaker, traveling the country inspiring others with her talks and stories.


Her reputation had earned her several prestigious Honours. In 2004 she was nominated for the Sunday Times Inspirational Award and in 2006 Bradshaw was awarded an MBE for her ‘Services to Swimming and Charity’ and the same year Loughborough University in recognition of her outstanding achievements conferred upon her an Honorary Doctorate. And 2007, saw Julie recognized further with a place in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Bradshaw continues to excel in sport and this excellence extends into all other areas of her life. She gains great pleasure out of helping children, students, adults and athletes, watching them transform their lives and maximizing their potential.

Taupo x 3 Relay

Bradshaw was a member of the Taupo x 3 relay, a three-way crossing of Lake Taupo by a 5-person male team and a 6-person female team of experienced open water swimmers in January 2009. The Taupo x 3 relay teams set a world lake swimming record by completing a 126 km (78.2 miles) triple-crossing of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand under organisers Chris Palfrey, Penny Palfrey, and Julie Bradshaw. The swim started at 5:33 am on 5 January 2009.

The men's relay team finished in 33 hours 31 minutes 15 seconds and included Steve Junk (Australia), Mark Cockroft (New Zealand), Dougal Hunt (Australia), Chris Palfrey (Australia), and Stephen Spence (Australia) with New Zealand legend Philip Rush as the escort pilot. The women’s relay team finished in 33 hours 33 minutes 45 seconds and included Julie Bradshaw (England), Michelle Macy (USA), Barbara Pellick (Australia), Penny Palfrey (Australia), Lucy Roper (England), and Heather Osborn (New Zealand).

The plan was to start at first light from near Tokaanu, at the southern most point of the lake, heading roughly north east past Motutaiko Island, cutting close to Rangitiri point, before finishing on the beach in front of the Waikato River. The distance by GPS for one lap was 40.2 km. The second lap retraced the course back to the starting point and the final lap was a repeat of the first.

The men finished the first leg of 40.2 km in a time of 10 hours 22 minutes; the women finished in 10 hours 28 minutes. The men finished the second leg of 40.2 km in 12 hours 15 minutes; the women finished in 12 hours 19 minutes. The men finished the third leg of 40.2 km in 10 hours 54 minutes; the women finished in 10 hours 53 minutes. Both teams broke the world relay record set in December 2008 by 2 teams of 50 swimmers, each doing 2 km, who covered 100 km in 37 hours 6 minutes.


World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

She was named to the list of World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015.

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