Stu Bowman swims to France in 11 hours and 58 minutes for his hat trick of solo English Channel swims

Congratulations to the impressive Stu Bowman, who today 14 August 2020, completed his third solo swim of the English Channel.

This swim was undoubtedly his fastest ever. Stu reached France in 11 hours and 58 minutes, which was five and a half hours faster than his solo swim two years ago.

Stu first swam to France in 2014, and also in 2018, but 2020 really was Stupendous when he swam a time befitting an elite swimmer. 

Stu Bowman after breaking the 12 hour mark for an England to France swim

Stu Bowman after breaking the 12 hour mark for an England to France swim

Route Map

Route Map

Stu Bowman's swim route piloted by Paul Foreman

Hard work, talent and determination helped Stu break the twelve hour mark

Today's swim was a great result for Stu who not only broke the highly respectable twelve-hour mark, he also smashed his previous time by an incredible five hours and 30 minutes.

You can read about Stu's first swim in 2014 on this link here

Stuart's second crossing was completed in 2018, and more is at this link here

And it was after the completion of Stu's second crossing two years ago when he decided to go back to the drawing board and work out how to go better. 

Today on 14 August 2020, Stu went miles better. Given the stresses of the lack of conventional swimming training available due to the Corona virus, and the general unpredictability of channel swimming, this made for an incredible result, all based on hard work and focus.

Thanks must go to his pilot, the energetic Paul Foreman, and to the support crew of his chiropractor Laurence, and two club Serpies and English Channel soloists in Kevin Blick and Dani Lobo.   

Both Debs Bowman and their son Benedict can be very proud of all of their Dad's three swims across the English Channel.