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BRITISH WOMAN CONQUERS MANHATTAN

Tuesday July 19th, 2011
BRITISH WOMAN CONQUERS MANHATTAN

British record ace Dr Julie Bradshaw has just achieved her 20th world record by becoming the first person to swim around Manhattan Island using the butterfly stroke. She completed the 28.5mile challenge in 9hrs 28mins 30secs. The 47 year old had previously attempted the swim in 2004 but it was called to a halt due to a lightning storm.

Dr Bradshaw started her record breaking career when she swam the English Channel aged just 15 years. When asked about her latest feat she said, 'When I hit the Hudson it was really, really rough. There was quite a lot of southerly wind and it actually whipped the water up, so the last 14 miles was a big, big struggle... The water was amazingly warm, it was as warm as a swimming pool at points - it was at about 80 degrees... Usually it's the cold that's the problem - you put grease on. This time it was about having sunscreen on and making sure you didn't get burnt to death.'

Sponsorship for her latest swim will be donated to Rainbows Children's Hospice in her hometown of Loughborough, Leicestershire. Her next goal is to swim the length of the Humber in August, using butterfly stroke!
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