The Cross-Channel Varsity Relay competition was founded in 1998 by Nick Thomas and Martin Davies to raise awareness of the new pool appeal at Iffley Road and has been running biennially ever since.
Each university team of 6 swimmers (three men and three women) swim in one hour stints until they have crossed the channel, from Dover, England, to Calais, France. Due to variation in coastline of France and sea currents, any difference in time under two minutes is counted as a draw. The next race is due to take place in June 2020.
|YEAR||WINNER||OXFORD TIME||CAMBRIDGE TIME|
*-denotes fastest channel relay of the year
The 2016 Biennial cross-channel swim was kindly sponsored by Metaswitch and Simmons&Simmons.