London to Paris tri, new record set by local boy

Wow just to make it even harder logistically. A lot of luck required to even finish it. Guess this kind of thing can be difficult mentally to prepare for knowing some things are largely out of your control. Impossible to really target records as too much scope for disappointment and little chance to try again!

It does take some of the romance out of the event - it feels like you should run from Marble Arch to the beach in Dover, strip down to your trunks and dive in for the swim, crawl out of the water somewhere in France and jump straight onto a bike for the ride to Paris :wink::thinking:


Awesome stuff. I was tracking it all the way. The record set here is for the non-wetsuit version. The wetsuit record is 10 hours faster. Both are incredibly good times and with minimal rest. Technically, if you were certain of run ability, you could almost do the run and get straight in the water but if you miss your swim start window you’re late and fighting the tides.

I left too much time between run and swim in hindsight and could have gone with 4 hours between run and swim not 14. But I wanted to be certain that I’d not miss my swim window if there were any problems with my run. You do have to head into Calais after the swim but that’s probably only 30 mins even if you’re quite a bit off course (I think my memory of this timescale might be a bit off though). I didn’t do the bike as I’d failed the swim but in terms of logistics I was worried about the arrival time in Paris and traffic and remember being pleased when my swim start was moved to midnight on a Friday night as it meant a Sunday evening finish.

It’s a great event. I’d do it again if I had the time to train. I did 15 hours a week in the 8 months build up


For most mere mortals, the clock is irrelevant…it is a case of using the T1 in particular to rest and refuel prior to the swim window opening…

I think a lot of people on here could aim for the WR if they had the time. As someone who swims about an hour for 3.8k and can do about 3:15 for a standalone marathon the WR is within my reach I am sure.

At 5mph you do the run in about 17 hours. Aim to start the swim at 24 hours in. Swim should take 12-16 hours for a reasonable swimmer so 36-40 hours in. Then you have 19 hours to cycle 180 miles and get a bit of sleep.

You need quite a bit of luck with tides/weather but I reckon anyone who can do an Ironman in under 11 hours (with a reasonable swim ability) is capable of a very good time.

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You make it sound so straightforward; are there any slots going next weekend?

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not sure that an hour in controlled environment of an IM swim has any relationship to a non wetsuit channel swim…

DC setting off next week…

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You can do it with a wetsuit on

not if you want to break the record…

The main record is for wearing a wetsuit - it’s a triathlon after all. There’s a very exclusive sub-record for those who do the swim in skins. Of the 40 finishers I think only 6? have completed without a wetsuit.

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New record set this morning 52h30m knocking 7 hours off the previous best time. Incredible.