Roger Allsopp breaks world record

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Tamara Timothy reports on how Roger Allsopp became the oldest man to have swum the English Channel

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Above: Roger speaks about how it feels to be a world record holder


Guernseyman Roger Allsopp has joked that swimming the Channel is not something 'older people should do' - after picking up the record for the oldest person to swim the Channel in the world.

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The 70-year-old retired surgeon completed the challenge in 17 hours 51 minutes.

He said after his feat: "I don't feel very good! I feel a bit shaken up, but I'll be alright for tomorrow, you know.

"It was very hard - not something I'd recommend for older people!"

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Above: Roger Allsopp prepares for his challenge

Asked what was the worst part of the challenge, Roger said: "Most of it was worst really! And it went on like that for 18 hours really!"

He had been waiting for the right conditions in Dover for more than a week.

The pensioner set off from Shakespeare's Cliff at 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

He is on his way to raising three quarters of a million pounds for cancer research charity Hope for Guernsey.

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He swam the Channel for the first time five years ago fundraising for the same cause.


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Roger the Great Report Abuse
Posted By: Mark W on 31-Aug-2011
Well done Roger! I dont know about the Knighthood i reckon you should be made a Saint. Absolutely marvellous and well done to all the team.

 
Amazing, Report Abuse
Posted By: C@rLiNHo5 on 31-Aug-2011
18 hours!!! ...wow, amazing. Truly inspirational, and the gut honesty of this man is refreshing and humorous at the same time. Well done buddy, and for a very good cause too. Remarkable, impressed, just in awe. Great stuff Mr!

 
Roger Allsopp Report Abuse
Posted By: Carissima Le Breton, St Martins, Guernsey on 31-Aug-2011
Congratulations - we think you are absolutely amazing and so pleased you broke the world record. Absolutely brilliant!

 
Congrat's from Jersey... Report Abuse
Posted By: Richard on 31-Aug-2011
Brilliant Roger (!!).....stunning performance.....life begins @ 70 now then (!!)

 
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Posted By: Paul and susan adams york on 30-Aug-2011
Roger...you are amazing today.we wish you Gods speed. Malcolm and Barbara have kept us upto date. It is great they finally went on holidays. Very best wishes....Susan and Paul Adams from York

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