Army Open water Swimming

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In addition to our Channel Eagle 2009 race providing an incredible opportunity for our swimmers to challenge themselves we are delighted to be able to raise money for H4H.


 


Welcome to the home of
BRITISH ARMY OPEN WATER SWIMMING

Open Water Swimming is a rapidly expanding sport which was successfully trialled at the Beijing Olympics.

It is a tough and demanding discipline ideally suited to Service participation.

EXERCISE CHANNEL EAGLE
2009

Army in FranceWell, Channel Eagle 2009 is over and what a fantastic 'Tri-Service' event it turned out to be.  We've uploaded a great new gallery and you can read the blog of the event 'as it happened'Watch the BFBS TV report.   Navy on the rocks of FranceWe're thrilled that, in addition to the 'Tri-Service' competition, we have had the Battle Back and Wales UOTC Teams taking advantage of the training we have organised and the event itself.  Help for Heroes is a charity close to all our hearts.  It's fantastic that our UOTC swimmers have chosen to use this opportunity to raise money for H4H and that our Battle Back swimmers, and those that support them, have been able to contribute in such a heartfelt way.  Our Channel Eagle 2009 Justgiving page for Help for Heroes will be up for a while so if you feel able, please help us raise as much as possible.
 See how our Tri-Service results stack up against other swims this year here.


Read the Defence News article here.


La Manche II

Congratulations to Siân and Cath who completed their Paired Relay Channel Swim on Wed 29 Jul 09 with a great time of 13rs 07min.  As well as the thrill of successfully overcoming a personal challenge of epic proportions they are enormously grateful to all those friends colleagues and family who supported them - emotionally, physically and practically.
Their Justgiving pages are still open to accept donations for Help the Heroes.


INTER-SERVICES OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS, LAKE BALA, 15 JUNE 2009

This year saw almost 150 swimmers take part in the three races; 5km, 3km and 1km. There was also a 'Champion of Champions' event  for those who swam in all three races, a Veteran 5km and medals for each Service 5km. The morning was beautifully clear though with a definate chill in the air. The weather also treated us to rain, thunder and lightening as storms rolled around the lake. For some swimmers this was their first ever experience of Open Water Swimming, for others this was a chance for fierce competition and we have used this event to select our Army Team for Channel Eagle. 

Visit our Bala 09 Gallery here.



Visit our fantastic Channel Eagle 2009 Galleries

Army Team RAF Team

Army Team

RAF Team

Battle Back Wales UOTC

Battle Back Team

Wales UOTC Team

   

 

GIBRALTAR TRAINING CAMP
10-15 MAY 2009
Gibralter Training Camp 2009
Swimmers from the Army, Wales UOTC and Battle Back went to Gibraltar for some gruelling Open Water training. 
Take a look at the images from this years training

INTER-SERVICE OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS
15 JUNE 2009
Inter-Services Open Water Championships
Lake Bala in Wales is the venue for this Competition.  There are 5km, 3km and 1km races.  There is a 'Triple Crown' event, a Veterans 5km and Inter-Corps 5km - something for everyone then! 
Have a look at the dramatic images from the 2007 Championships.


CHANNEL EAGLE 2007

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Our first ever Channel Eagle Tri-Service Cross Channel Relay Race took place in August 2007.
You can
visit the gallery here
and
visit the dedicated
Channel Eagle 2007 website.

CHANNEL TITAN 2008
Channel Titan 2008
2008 saw 6 teams from across the Army racing from Dover to France for the Channel Titan title.  It was a hugely successful event,
you can find out
all about it here

 and
visit the Titan gallery.

CHANNEL EAGLE 2009

Channel Eagle 2009

Visit the Gallery
and
Read the Blog