Event management company Nova International, which organizes the Great North Run and last year the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere, is planning to out-do itself.
They will organize the Great Channel Swim on 19 August 2009. Many of the world’s top marathon swimmers may compete in a televised event, including Olympic 10K Marathon Swim bronze medallist Cassandra Patten and English Channel record holder Petar Stoychev (pictured).
Olympic bronze medal-winning long-distance athlete and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brendan Foster, who is chairman and managing director of Nova International, will host the launch which is also being attended by Kevin Murphy who, with 34 Channel swims to his credit is King of the English Channel, and television commemtator Stuart Storey
Colin Hill is Nova International’s Project Manager for the event with a major press conference scheduled for Thursday in London.
The Great Channel Swim will be swum under the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation rules with official Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation observers acting as judges. As such, no wetsuits are allowed and the swim suits must not float, must be porous and must not come off the shoulders or go below the knees. As is known in the English Channel community, swimming without suits is also allowed and has been done on numerous occasions.