IRN man hopes record attempt goes swimmingly

An Independent Radio News (IRN)

reporter is aiming to set a world record when he swims the English Channel for the 34th time.

Financial reporter, Kevin Murphy, whose aquatic feats first caught Press Gazette’s attention when he swam the Channel in 1975, will attempt the challenge later this month.

Murphy said: “In journalistic terms, swimming has always been my escape from what I was doing for a living — substituting one lot of pressure for another lot of pressure.” He started swimming as a child and found his niche in long-distance races.

Despite having two operations on his shoulder, Murphy, 57, swims the Channel most years, although in 2003 he went to the US and swam across Lake Tahoe.

In-between preparations for his swim, Murphy has also been advising comedian David Walliams on his training for his Channel crossing, in aid of Sport Relief.

Murphy’s swim is sponsored by Maureen, the directory enquiries service owned by IRN.

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