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Michael Read MBE Swimming Achievements

Michael Read

Sprinting
  • Represented numerous counties and districts: Berkshire, Cheshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, and the East of Scotland
  • Represented Great Britain, 1959-1960
  • 1960 Rome Olympics, Great Britain team
  • English Schools Champion, 1959
  • British Universities Champion, 1960-1961
  • British Long Distance Swimming Association Champion 1969-1977
Distance
  • King of the Channel®, 1979-2000 and 2004-Present. 33 crossings including 17 World Records. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records

England:

  • British Long Distance Swimming Association Champion, 1969-1977
  • The Wash, Hunstanton-Skegness (16 miles), Record – July 1976, 5 hours 57 minutes
  • The Wash, Skegness-Hunstaton (16 miles), Record – July 1973, 7 hours 52 minutes
  • Two-Way Wash, Hunstanton-Skegness-Hunstanton (32 miles), 27th July 1975, First Person ever, 16:47:56
  • Humber River from Cleethorpes to Spurn Point (10 miles)
  • Lake Windermere (10.5 miles), 39 times
  • Lake Windermere, 3-way (31.5 miles), First person ever, 19:34 - 1973
  • Lake Windermere, 4-way, First person ever, 26:16 28th/29th July 1973
  • Windermere International Champion, 1970
  • Windermere International, 1974, 1978, 1982
  • Isle of Wight circumnavigation (60 miles), Second person ever, Record, 24:36:25, Guinness Book of Records – 26th/27th August 1973
  • Amateur Swimming Association, 25 km, 1996 (2nd), 1999 (3rd)
  • Amateur Swimming Association, 5 km, 1966 (3rd), 1967 (3rd)
  • 1968 (3rd), 1969 (5th), 1970 (3rd), 1971 (6th)
  • Amateur Swimming Association, Masters Champion (5 km), 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Amateur Swimming Association, Masters Runner-up (5 km), 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Amateur Swimming Association, Masters Championships 2011, 1 Gold 4x100m IM, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronze
  • Amateur Swimming Association, Masters Championships 2012, 3 Silvers
  • Amateur Swimming Association, Eastern Region Masters Championships 2011, 5 Golds, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • World Masters Championships Sheffield 1996, 7th
  • World Masters Championships Riccione 2012, 9th, 11th, 13th

Scotland:

  • Loch Tay (14 miles), First person ever, 8:38, 1979
  • Loch Lomond (21.6 miles), First person to swim it twice, 12:13 record time, 28th August 1971, Second swim 11:51 (1975?)
  • Loch Ness (22.6 miles), Third person ever, 14:23 Record – 17th August 1974 14:24:26
  • First ever Perth to Broughty Ferry (23.5 miles) 19th July 1974, 9:43
  • Loch Rannoch (10 miles) 19th August 1975, 5:08 inaugural record

Europe:

  • Greece, Gulf of Toroneos (26 km), 1992-2002 inclusive, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Greece, Lake Trichonida (23 km), 2000
  • Greece, Koroni to Kalamata, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 (33 Km)
  • Macedonia, Lake Ohrid (32Km), 2011
  • Holland, Stavoren to Medemblik, Isslmeer (22 km), 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Italy, Lake Como, Dervio-Lecco (20 miles), 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Italy, Torregaveta Baia Bacoli, 1986, 1987
  • Italy, Proventura to Lerici (9 km), First non-Italian ever to finish, 1993
  • Spain, Mora to Amposta (65 km), First person ever, 14:56, 11th September 1998
  • Switzerland, 2-way Lake Sursee, (17km) First person ever
  • Switzerland, Lake Zurich, Rapperswill-Zurich (20 miles), 1988
  • Switzerland, International Olympic Committee championship, (Evian-Lausanne), (14km) 1991, 1993
  • Switzerland, International Olympic Committee championship, (Lausanne-Evian), (14km) 1992, 1994
  • Turkey, Bosphorus, Asia to Europe (7km), 2007
  • Yugoslavia, Jarach to Sabac (18 miles), 1978?
  • European Masters Championships Yalta 2011, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th

Rest of the World:

  • Egypt, Nile International Championship (25 miles), 1977
  • Egypt, Alexandria, World Marathon Series, 2000, (25km)
  • Syria, Jeble to Latakia (25 miles), 1977
  • Tunisia, Tethys Challenge 2007, 7 swims in 8 days
  • USA, Around Manhatten Island (27 miles), 1989
  • USA, Alcatraz to San Francisco 2006
  • USA Chicago Big Shoulders 2008 - (5km)

In total Mike has completed in excess of 125 swims of 10 miles or more.

Mike pictured with some of the cups he has won over years of competing in European swims.

Michael Read with some of his trophies