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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Commander Forsberg Starts Loch Lomond Crossings

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg OBE, RN started something that many stars in the marathon swimming world have replicated - a 21.6-mile swim across Loch Lomond in Scotland.

Commander Forsberg also competed a total of 211 long distance swims, logging 2,021 km (1,256 miles) in championship swims. He later served as the President of the Channel Swimming Association (1963 to 1997).

Of all the lochs in Scotland, Loch Lomond is the largest by surface area and the second largest after Loch Ness by water volume. It contains many islands, including Inchmurrin. The list of individuals who have crossed Loch Lomond is below:

1. 1959: Gerald Forsberg, 15 hours 31 minutes
2. 1960: Susan Braddeley, 26 hours 10 minutes
3. 1967: Kevin Murphy, 15 hours 4 minutes
4. 1967: Barry Watson, 12 hours 40 minutes
5. 1969: R. Kellerman, 16 hours 51 minutes
6. 1971: Stanley Britley, 18 hours 47 minutes
7. 1971: Michael Read, 12 hours 13 minutes
8. 1976: P. Cox, 17 hours 54 minutes
9. 1976: Peter Larrad, 15 hours 44 minutes
10. 1976: Michael Read, 11 hours 51 minutes
11. 1976: Chris Carter, 11 hours 39 minutes
12. 1976: Suzanne Lodge, 17 hours 28 minutes
13. 1979: Kevin Murphy, 12 hours 53 minutes
14. 1979: David Morgan, 11 hours 45 minutes
15. 1980: B. Beckett, 14 hours 24 minutes
16. 1980: Paul Tew, 15 hours 35 minutes
17. 1980: David Morgan, 10 hours 50 minutes
18. 1980: Melanie Smith, 20 hours 56 minutes
19. 1980: Julie Bradshaw, 12 hours 40 minutes
20. 1981: Kevin McIntosh, 20 hours 54 minutes
21. 1983: Elizabeth Horner, 9 hours 39 minutes
22. 1984: Janet Wilson, 17 hours 57 minutes
23. 1987: David Morgan, 13 hours 30 minutes
24. 1987: Margaret Kidd, 15 hours 22 minutes
25. 1987: Sarah Hunt, 10 hours 55 minutes
26. 1992: Peter Hawksworth, 17 hours 0 minutes
27. 1992: Rachel Godburn, 10 hours 51 minutes
28. 1997: Paul Millett, 16 hours 8 minutes
29. 1998: Dee Llewellyn, 10 minutes 37 minutes
30. 1998: Rachel Skelton, 11 hours 27 minutes
31. 2000: Vicky Thompson, 16 hours 9 minutes
32. 2000: Dee Llewellyn, 10 hours 31 minutes
33. 2002: Simon Lee, 10 hours 11 minutes
34. 2002: Liane Llewellyn, 10 hours 36 minutes
35. 2002: Dee Llewellyn, 10 hours 44 minutes
36. 2004: Simon Lee, 10 hours 38 minutes
37. 2004: Mark Blewitt, 17 hours 50 minutes (breaststroke)
38. 2004: Dee Llewellyn, 10 hours 0 minutes
39. 2004: Laura Colette, 11 hours 26 minutes
40. 2004: Morag Hughes, 15 hours 54 minutes
41. 2006: Lee Portingale, 12 hours 17 minutes
42. 2006: Kevin Sanders, 14 hours 44 minutes
43. 2006: Tina Neill, 11 hours 12 minutes
44. 2006: Jane Blinkhorn, 15 hours 48 minutes
45. 2006: Jane McCormick, 11 hours 2 minutes
46. 2008: Robert Hodgson, 17 hours 46 minutes
47. 2008: Liane Llewellyn, 12 hours 15 minutes
48. 2010: Gerrard Lyon, 16 hours 31 minutes
49. 2010: Vanessa Hammond, 12 hours 8 minutes
50. 2011: Claire Bennison, 14 hours 40 minutes
51. 2012: James Leitch, 10 hours 17 minutes
52. 2012: James Leitch, 10 hours 31 minutes
53. 2012: James Leitch, 9 hours 14 minutes
54. 2012: James Leitch, 9 hours 16 minutes
55. 2012: Guy Moar, 11 hours 4 minutes
56. 2012: Mark Sheridan, 14 hours 44 minutes
57. 2012: Alister Stocks, 17 hours 23 minutes
58. 2012: Rebecca Lewis, 9 hours 23 minutes
59. 2012: Liane Llewellyn, 11 hours 38 minutes
60. 2012: Caroline Lewis, 15 hours 21 minutes
61. 2012: Joe Norton-Barker, 15 hours 49 minutes
62. 2013: James Leitch, 9 hours 19 minutes
63. 2013: James Leitch, 12 hours 36 minutes

Photo shown the sculpture of Gerald Forsberg on the Memorial to Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg in Morecambe, England.

Information courtesy of Chris Sifleet of Swim4Miles.

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