The English Channel at it's shortest point is 21 miles in a straight line from Dover to Cap Gris Nez. If you were to swim the channel for real, you would probably do more than 21 miles, but for this event, we are challenging you to swim the straight line 21 miles (1,351 lengths of a 25m pool) only.


How long will it take you ? There is no time limit on this event, so you can take as long as you need and set your challenge to your own personal fitness goals.There is absolutely no time limit on this challenge, so if it takes you a month or 6 months or 12 months and beyond, you are still a finisher and will get your medal.


Your Swim the English Channel event will start from the date of entry unless you advise us otherwise, and if you prefer to do your miles first and then purchase the medal that is absolutely fine too.


How does it work ?


  • Purchase your entry into our challenge


Download the app at :


  • - for Ios – for Android


  • Register an account if this is your first challenge with us at Race the World. Your password will need at least 1 Upper case, lower case,  numerical and special characters in the password.


  • Link Your strava account, if you have one. This will pull any miles done after activation, directly into the app. Please note strava will not pull elevation stats if you are on a climbing challenge.


  • Add a challenge or Add a team if you have purchased a team challenge. You will need your order number for this. The RTW team will then activate your account, please allow up to 24 hours for this to happen, although it will normally be much quicker.  You will get an email confirmation of activation. You can still get started in the meantime, just manually add any miles done prior to activation.


  • Do your miles, and watch your progress with the miles ticking down to zero and the finish line.


  • If you would like to set a start date for your challenge prior to registration, just manually add any miles into the app already done.


  • Once you have completed all of your miles, then an email will come automatically through to you and the RTW team to let us know that you have finished and your medal will go out to you in the post.


  • Please allow up to 2 working days for dispatch of your medal which will be posted 1st class.

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