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Linda Ashmore

The Oldest Woman to Swim the English Channel

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My story

[p][b]AGE IS JUST A NUMBER![/b][/p][p]In 2007 I achieved a childhood ambition to swim the English Channel, perhaps I left it a bit late at 60 but it did mean I became the oldest women to swim do so, thus becoming a World Record holder! Much to my surprise I found I had beaten Australian swimmer Sue Oldham by just one month so I promised myself to try again at 65 as I was sure she would try again.[/p][p]However, I just did not have the motivation to go through all that training again and the summer of 2012 came and went with no inclination of ever attempting it again, despite Sue regaining the title in 2010.[/p][p]But, a life changing moment turned my life upside down when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September of 2012. I suddenly 'woke up', "Life is for living," and within a millisecond I resolved to swim it again, but having missed 65 I would swim it again at 70 and for Cancer Research. [/p][p]Following surgery and radio therapy I was determined to get fit again as soon as I could. During all the tests and screening I was also diagnosed with osteoporosis and needed some impact exercise such as walking or running - so I started running.[/p][p]What to do in the meantime? Weyport Masters swimming coach, Kate Mason, talked me in to trying out a triathlon with the view to eventually doing an Ironman. 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride followed by a full marathon of 26.2 miles! This seemed ridiculous to me, but gave my first, very short, triathlon a go and was hooked so I embarked on the challenge.[/p][p]I completed my first Ironman in July 2015 at Bolton and somehow ended up at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii the same year and even more unexpectantly came third in my age category. Much to the surprise of family and friends my Ironman journey did not stop there as I had set myself a new goal - to win! Something I would never have dreamed of in a thousand years just a short time before.[/p][p]I didn't make it in 2016, coming second and having a horrible race, said I'd never do that again, but needless to say 24 hours later I was already planning to come back for one last attempt. The following year, in 2017, I had a great race, really enjoyed it, and won! But this had meant delaying my Channel swim by yet a further year. [/p][p]It is now that year, 2018, I no longer have any excuses to delay any further and everything is booked for a swim at the back end of the spring tides from the 12th August.[/p][p]I know most of us are affected by cancer whether personally or by friends and family and due to the work carried out by Cancer Research UK new and better treatments are becoming available every year. Please support my swim to raise money for this worthy charity and help motivate me to keep going when the training and/or the swim gets tough.[/p][p]If you want to follow my progress, I am attempting to write my first blog at the grand old age of 71.[/p][p]https://lindaashmore.uk/wp[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

17 Aug 2018


Nov 6, 2018


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2018


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2018

Arctic pal

You are an incredible woman Linda. Xx

Sep 14, 2018


Sep 4, 2018

Sheonagh Ravensdale

Yet another amazing achievement Linda - super congratulations! You're an inspiration to us all.


Aug 27, 2018

Fi George Kirsten and Evie

Wow, you are amazing! Congratulations.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 27, 2018

Tom & Julie Scanlan

Congratulations. You are amazing. Well done.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 26, 2018

a colleague of Norine

Brilliant effort

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 25, 2018

Jeff and Cheryl Outhwaite

Your Amazing wish I was as fit

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 24, 2018

Amanda Benstead

What a brilliant achievement.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid