|Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to swim across the Channel in 1875|
The first person to do it was Captain Matthew Webb in 1875, and statistically there are more people who have conquered Everest than swim across the 21-mile Channel at its shortest distance.
|The shortest distance across the Channel is 21 miles|
Some retirees voluntarily come to train and feed them. One of them, Freda, nicknamed "The General", barks advice at the swimmers from her armchair and has some salty comments. Her daughter had swum the English channel a few times and in the film she remarks how emotional it is for a swimmer to complete the distance as well as their supporters.
|The man on the right trains to swim in remembrance of his son|