Boxing Day Quiz

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Fingers on buzzers! Test your knowledge of outdoor swimming with our Boxing Day Swim Quiz of the Year.

1 Ross Edgley

1. How many bananas did Ross Edgley consume during his Great British Swim?




2 Agnes Beckwith

2. Where did Agnes Beckwith swim 20 miles in 1878?

River Thames

English Channel

North Channel

3 Ice Mile Jackie Cobell

3. An ice mile is a mile swum in water of what temperature and under?

5 degrees C

10 degrees C

1 degree C

4 Captain Matthew Webb

4. How did Captain Webb die?

Drowned attempting to go down Niagara Falls in a barrel

Drowned in the Niagara River Whirlpool Rapids

Drowned attempting to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls

5  Farallon  Island

5. The Farallon Islands to San Francisco is considered to be one of the world’s toughest swims. The waters around the Farallon Islands are a breeding ground for which creatures?

Komodo Dragons

Great White Sharks

Giant Squid

6 Gladys Pugh

6. Who is the UN Patron of the Oceans?

Lewis Pugh

Lewis Hamilton

Gladys Pugh

7 Mermaid

7. Linsey Cole recently swam down the Thames collecting litter. What mythical creature was she dressed as?




8 Victoria Wood

8. In the Victoria Wood sketch Swim the Channel, which pop star did Chrissie want to meet?

Bonnie Tyler

Taylor Dayne

Diana Ross

9 Tom Gregory

9. How old was Tom Gregory when he swam the English Channel?




10 Vorderman

10. Pannier Yankee is an anagram of which open water Olympian?


1. 649

2. River Thames

3. 5 degrees C

4. Drowned in the Niagara River Whirlpool Rapids

5. Great White Sharks

6. Lewis Pugh

7. Mermaid

8. Bonnie Tyler

9. 11

10. Keri-anne Payne

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Issue 47 March 2021

  • Swimming with MND - How Alex Francis is redefining adventure with a regime of cold water swimming
  • New Horizons - Meet lockdown's army of new swimmers
  • On the Dry Side - How other sports can support your swimming.
  • UK Travel - Wild swim walks in Cornwall
  • The Native Origins of Freestyle - how white people named a style of swimming indigenous people had mastered millennia before

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