Allsopp conquers Channel at 70

Posted on: 01 September 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Congratulations to Roger Allsopp on completing 17-hour 50-minute crossing

Roger Allsopp

Roger Allsopp, a retired beast cancer surgeon has become the oldest man to swim the Channel at a record breaking 70 years and 4 months.

Roger's plans were upset by the good old British Summer - with tides and poor weather forcing a couple of postments before he toook to the water at Shakepseare Beach, Dover and headed to Cap Gris the headland halfway between Calais and Boulogne. His efforts in support of the University of Southampton, aim to raise £750,000 to purchase world-class medical equipment that will help advance the cutting edge cancer research undertaken at the facility.

Having reached £63,000 already Roger is determined to meet his target on land, just as he did in the water. If you'd like to help Roger towards his £750,000 target you can go to his Just Giving page at HealthSpan.

Roger is now back in the UK after his epic swim and admitted, "I do feel an immense sense of achievement and relief that I have been successful."

The official Guinness World Records ceremony took place at 11.30am with the adjudicator handing over the certificate. She had this to say: 'To swim the English Channel is a great challenge and to do it at the mature age of 70 years is astounding! We are very pleased to congratulate Roger on this achievement and in doing so setting a new Guinness World Record."

During Roger's time at the Southampton Breast Cancer Hospital, he and his colleagues discussed a research idea that they believed could significantly change the face of cancer diagnosis. By analysing blood samples taken from Guernsey residents in 1961 and detecting differences in blood from people with cancer and those without the team hope that they can develop a blood test that can in time, lead to earlier diagnosis and therefore better outcomes for patients.

The team have already identified 27 biological markers from the blood of cancer patients and are seeking to discover the roles that these proteins play in the development of cancer. Roger is determined that this invaluable work continue and gave him the impetus to complete his latest challenge.

If you are interested in keeping up-to-date with Roger’s fundraising progress, you can log on to and view his blog with all the latest articles, videos and a link to the JustGiving site where a donation can be made.

Congratulaltions Roger, from all at 50connect.

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