Biennial Cross-Channel Varsity Relay

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 2018.

You can read about this year’s Cross-Channel Varsity Relay team here and, for more information, visit the Poseidon club website.

 

Results

Oxford: 5
Cambridge: 3
Draw: 2

 

YEARWINNEROXFORD TIME CAMBRIDGE TIME
2016Oxford8:549:28
2014Draw9:029:00
2012Oxford8:45*DNF
2010Cambridge9:038:51*
2008Oxford10:0010:20
2006Cambridge10:4810:22
2004Cambridge9:138:49*
2002Oxford9:07*9:19
2000Oxford 8:18*8:25
1998Draw9:24*9:24*

*-denotes fastest channel relay of the year

The 2014 Oxford and Cambridge teams
The 2016 cross-channel relay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Biennial cross-channel swim was kindly sponsored by Metaswitch and Simmons&Simmons.

 

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