Thursday, April 5, 4:01 pm Eastern Time

For Immediate Release

SOURCE: Distance Matters, Inc.

King of the English Channel to Swim Tampa Bay Marathon

CLEARWATER, FL--April 5, 2002-- One of the world's most renowned long distance swimmers has entered the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim to be held on April 20, 2002. Kevin Murphy, 53, of London, England won the title of "King of the Channel" in 2000 when he successfully made his 32nd English Channel crossing.

 KEVIN MURPHY - SWIM ACHIEVEMENTS  "The Channel King"  Home: London, England
Total number of English Channel swims to date:  Three double crossings.  26 single crossings. 
Total of 32 crossings distinguishes Kevin Murphy as "King of the Channel."  Male record in year 2000.  
Crossings 33 and 34 are projected for this summer.

TWO-WAY ENGLISH CHANNEL (non-stop):- 
England-France-England 1970 in 35hr.10min - third overall two-way swim, first amateur and first Briton. 
England-France-England 1975 in 36hr.3mins - first two legs of the first three-way attempt. 
France-England-France 1987 in 32hr.42mins.

ONE-WAY ENGLISH CHANNEL:- 
England-France in 1968 in 15hr.55mins. 
England-France 1976 15hrs. 
France-England 1976 15hrs.32mins. 
England-France 1977 14hrs.5mins. 
England-France 1977 14hrs14mins. 
France-England 1979 22hrs.42mins. 
England-France 1980 17hrs.28mins.
England-France 1982 15hrs.12mins 
England-France 1982 21hrs.22mins 
England-France 1983 15hrs.29mins. 
France-England 1983 15hrs 25mins. 
France-England 1984 14hrs.58mins. 
France-England 1990 13hrs 16mins 
England-France 1991 13hrs.58mins. 
England-France 1991 15hrs.26mins. 
England-France 1991 17hrs 6mins. 
France-England 1992 15hrs.5mins 
France-England 1993 14hrs.37mins 
France-England 1994 15hrs. 
England-France 1995 18hrs.27mins. 
England-France 1995 15hrs.38mins. 
France-England 1996 15hrs.30mins. 
England-France 1997 15hrs.45mins. 
England-France 1999 13hrs.53mins. 
England-France 2000 14hrs.29mins 
England-France 2000 15hrs 10mins - 32nd crossing to take the King of the Channel record and trophy. 

NORTH CHANNEL:- 
Northern Ireland-Scotland 1970 in 11hrs.21mins - a record which stood for 18 years. Sea temperature 48F-56F. 
Northern Ireland-Scotland 1971 in 14hr.35mins. 
Scotland-Northern Ireland 1989 in 17hrs 17mins. 

INTERNATIONAL SWIMS: 
Around Manhattan 2001 28 miles  in 9hrs. 2mins. 
Lake Balaton, Hungary 1973 48 miles  in 43hrs.15mins.(Believed to be record) 
Straits of Gibraltar (Tarifa,Spain to Morocco, North Africa) April 2000 10.5miles in 5hrs 18mins 
Lake Como, Italy, 30km. International race 1983-1986, '89-'90.   Winner in 1983. Best time: 8hrs.30mins.

Lake Mergozzo,Italy (1989) 11 miles - Celebrating the Napoleonic soldier who allegedly floated across Channel. 

Sydney Harbour, Australia (1977) 12 miles Challenge race winner in 3hrs.20mins. 
Majorca to Minorca, Spanish Balearic Islands (1972) 25 miles 15hrs 40mins - record. 
Marathon du Saguenay, Canada(1988) 42 km 7hrs.4mins. 
Capri to Naples, Italy,(1974) 18 miles in 12hrs. 
Nile Marathon, Cairo, 20 miles international race 1974 in 11hrs 9mins. 

FURTHER MAJOR BRITISH SWIMS: 
Round the Isle of Wight (1971) 56 miles 1971 in 26hrs.51mins- inaugural record. 
Loch Ness (1976) 23 miles in 10hrs 30mins - record since broken.Water temperature 42F-56F. 
Richmond to Gravesend, length of the tidal River Thames through center of London (1980)42 miles in 17hrs.25mins.  inaugural record.

Bristol Channel, North Devon, England to Porthcawl, Wales (1971) 28 miles in 15hrs.8mins - inaugural record. 
The Wash, Skegness to Hunstanton (1973) 13hrs.54mins(record) Swam it again in 1976 and set record 7hrs 47mins.

Loch Lomond, 24 miles . Swam it three times, the first one being in 1967. Fastest time (1979) 12hrs 53mins. 
Winner of the Loch Lomond Scottish ASA Centenary Championship (1988) in 13hrs. 57mins.(Conditions were so bad all
 other swimmers had to retire)

Lake Windermere two-way (1969) 21 miles. 

FURTHER BRITISH SWIMS: 
Lake Windermere individual swim (1964) 10.5miles 6hrs.29mins. 
Lake Windermere 10.5miles (1974) 6hrs.13mins. 
Lake Winderemere (1975) 6hrs.15mins. - this was four days after my 52hour three-way attempt. 
Lake Windermere individual swim 1979 5hrs.55mins. 
Weymouth-Lulworth Cove 1966 10 miles 4hrs 50mins. 
Two-way Solent, Ryde to Southsea and back 3hrs 34mins (record). 
Belfast Lough, Whitehead to Bangor, Northern Ireland 1974. 
Gorey to Bouley Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 1974 2hrs.52mins. 
Walton to Clacton (1974) 7 miles 3hrs.14mins. 
Mumbles to Aberavon, South Wales. (1976) 2hrs 55mins. 
Loch Ness Relay (2000) - team record 12hrs 16mins. 
Solent Challenge, Yarmouth to Gurnard, Isle of Wight, (2000) 8miles. 2hrs.45mins. 
The Fifth Annual Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is on Saturday, April 20.  The 24 mile competition starts at 7:30am as the swimmers enter the water at the Skyway Bridge, and concludes at Ben T. Davis Beach. In its short history, the race has drawn competitors from across the United States, and from as far away as England, the Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.   Fifteen individual swimmers are expected to compete, including Kevin Murphy.  In addition to solo swimmers, relays consisting of 3-person and 6-person teams will also vie for honors.

Kevin Murphy and the other competitors will be available for media requests during the week of April 15 - 19   Complete information, including entry forms and event history are available at www.distancematters.com

The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is presented by DistanceMatters.com, a Clearwater Web Design and Network Engineering firm owned by Event Director Ron Collins.

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