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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Even-paced Battle Of The 12-Way Warriors

The Gladiator, Thomas Noblett of Windermere, maintained a warrior’s mentality to the world record swim that he accomplished with fellow relay members Dee Llewellyn (Bradford), Keith Bartolo (IMalta), Liane Llewellyn (Bradford), Michelle Sharples (Manchester) and Michelle Lefton (Windermere).

With the water and air dropping down below comfortable (10°C) in Windermere, England, his mentality served him well.

From 7:30 pm on Friday, May 27th to Monday evening on May 30th, the group of six swam through rain, winds (up to 35 knots), nightfall, winds and nothing like the likes of Windermere has ever seen.

Their first lap was 6 hours 45 minutes.

Their second length was 5 hours 45 minutes.

Their third leg was 6 hours 15 minutes

Their fourth lap was 6 hours 2 minutes.

Their fifth length was 6 hours 25 minutes.

Their sixth leg was 6 hours 6 minutes.

The Gladiator explained the process of swimming on and on in one-hour increments, "Towards the end of every swim, we would be looking for the next team member to appear at the back of the boat so we knew we only had another few minutes to suffer. After every swim we got out feeling cold, speech slurred in some instances, and after 5-10 minutes started to shiver. We got changed as quickly as possible, sometimes assisted by other members of the team when the hands were so numb and shaking was uncontrollable, whilst another member of the team prepared the long awaited warm drink. The dreadful weather put an halt to the usual cheering of team members as by the time you had warmed up (usually between 1 and 2 hours) nobody really wanted to go and get wet and cold again, well at least not before their next swim."

Their seventh leg was 6 hours 53 minutes.

Their eighth lap was 6 hours 19 minutes.

Their ninth length was 6 hours 10 minutes.

Their tenth leg – now 10:12 am on Monday – was 6 hours and 2 minutes.

"With only two lengths remaining, this was a very emotional part of the swim for team captain, Dee and a few tears were shed as the realization kicked in that the team was going to achieve their dream. The sun made an appearance and things started to look up as we approached the end of the eleventh leg."

The eleventh leg – maintaining their incredible even-paced swim – was 6 hours 24 minutes.

"With normal Windermere conditions in our favour, everybody dug deep to give everything they had left for their final hour swim and we completed it in 5 hours 54 minutes."

At 10:32 pm, Michelle Sharples only a few minutes after the changeover with Liane, with an entourage of supporters, crossed the finish line to set the new world record of 126 statute miles (202K) in 75 hours 32 minutes 32 seconds, outlasting their American and Mexican counterparts by 16K.

The swim also sets records for being the first 7-way, 8-way, 9-way, 10-way, 11-way and 12-way Windermere relays.

Nothing was easy. "The organization behind such a challenge was phenomenal and something that Captain Dee 'Madfish' Llewellyn and The Gladiator spent many hours working on. Throughout the swim there were still on-going changes being made to the plan, supplies being ordered and communication to land based officials to coordinate changeovers of our backup team. We are indebted to Ken Birchill of the Hydro Hotel on his boat the Hydro Therapy and the many very experienced skippers that he organised together with all the kayakers, rowers, observers, Andy Wright who manned the British Long Distance Swimming Association rib and the land-based officials of Pat Llewellyn and Jean Wilkin-Oxley who helped us all the way through the three storm systems and who never doubted our abilities."

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1 comment:

  1. I'm speechless. Wow. 3 storms systems. That was a touch swim and it was a continuous relay. This makes it different than the relay around Ireland which was a staged relay; 700+ miles over 30 days which was tough in a different sort of way. Congratulations. You've raised the bar and I'll be consulting with my swimmers here in the USA to see if they want to do something on the East coast...but three days on a boat. I don't know if I could take it.

    Cap'n Tim Johnson
    Author: History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming

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* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
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