Open Water News and Events

Police Take On Cross Channel Challenge

Police Swimming Team Manager, Claire Thorn heard that the Inter Services; Army, Navy & RAF were having a race across the English Channel and thought; the police need to be a part of that.

In order to swim across the channel you need to book the services of a pilot who provides the boat and negotiates the complicated tides. Pilots are often booked 2 years in advance, however the police team were fortunate to secure the services of experienced pilot, Stuart Gleeson.

PSUK Open Water Championships 2016

This year's competition was held at Box End Park, Bedford. The location was ideal, not far from J13 of the M1 & the facilities first class with changing rooms, café, restaurant & free parking. Saturday 18th June was cold & windy but as the lake is shallow the water was 19 degrees; Vicky Stoughton, Barry Owen & Niki Herbert chose not to wear wetsuits. Following a race briefing the race started at 10.30 with over 100 competitors racing towards the first buoy. Four distances were being swum; 750 m (1 small lap), 1.5km (2 small laps), 3.8km (3 large laps), 5k (4 large laps), all setting off at the same time with some bumping to start with but for most swimmers this eased off after a short while. PSUK had 31 entrants, results are as follows;

PSUK Open Water Swimming Championships 2014

The 2nd PSUK Open Water Championships were held in conjunction with the Swim North West Open Water Festival at Salford Quays. This was a great opportunity for police swimmers to swim alongside the public and the event had a great community feel to it. Numbers were up by 50% from the inaugural championships last year to a pleasing 60. Swimmers had the option of competing in distances of 3000, 1500 or 500m.