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The next day, Neal signs the ceiling of the White Horse Inn in Dover. Bar patrons will tell you that the White Horse is the third oldest bar in England. Only channel swimmers are permitted to sign the walls and ceiling, a new tradition which started three years ago. Only about 700 people have ever swum the channel. Neal signs next to Cristof Wandratsch, who ten days earlier swam a world record seven hours, three minutes. Neal wrote "NEAL RAYNER / Not a not a new world record but plenty satisfying / 13:50 / Dolphin Club San Francisco / Aug. 10, 2005."


Training buddies Brian, Tom and Neal. Over course of the week, each would become part of the elite group of swimmers (only about 700 since 1875) who have successfully swam the channel.


Eric, Neal and Angie after the swim.


Angie, Neal and Eric look down from the ceiling perch where Neal inscribed his name next to recent world record-breaker.


Neal at Dover beach after the swim.


The next day, a weary Neal shops for motorized assistance in getting around Dover.


At Chaplin's for breakfast the day after, where Neal and Tom discuss swimming strategies.


Neal, Dane and Eric, exhausted, examine the White Horse Inn wall of fame.


Raising a pint at the White Horse.


Neal with a Guiness at the White Horse Inn.


Neal and Angie.


The White Horse Inn, where the world's greatest distance swimmers share a pint.


Last year's Dolphin Club conquerers.



Alison Streeter, Queen of the Channel, has swam it 43 times and counting, more than any other person.



Neal with Jack, proprietor of the White Horse Inn.


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