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Great North Swim hailed as another huge success

THOUSANDS of swimmers, of all ages and abilities, took to the Lake District to take part in the UK’s biggest open-water swimming event.

The John West Great North Swim, now in its 12th year, was held at Brockhole, near Windermere.

Superman Of The Open Water World At It Again

After swimming 163 km over 55 hours in his native Netherlands last year, 2008 Olympic 10K marathon swim champion Maarten van der Weijden generated over €5 million euros in his 11 city charity swim – called the Elfstedentocht Swim or the Eleven Cities Swim.

‘Dad has never given up ... neither will I’

When Caroline Connor battles the tides as she attempts to swim the English Channel next week, one man will be on her mind ... her dad.

Caroline, 46, an admin assistant and first aider at Peebles High School, has been inspired by her dad Raymond Currie to take on the gruelling 22-mile challenge, rasing funds for Parkinson’s UK and Diabetes UK.

Swimmer to set out on 555km marathon through 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte is set to swim through kilometres of the world's most polluted stretch of water to raise awareness about the overuse of plastics.

Lecomte, from France, will set off from Hawaii on Thursday, local time, to swim 555 kilometres through an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to California.

SaTH nurse bids to swim length of River Severn

After a knee injury left her walking with a stick and needing stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, Shropshire nurse Melissa Compton had no choice but to abandon her love of skiing.

Yet determined to stay fit and indulge her love for the outdoors, Melissa discovered a new passion – open water swimming.

Whatever the weather or the temperature of the water, Melissa can be found swimming outdoors in her swimsuit, even if that means using an ice axe to hack through snow and ice to carefully open up waters in which to safely swim.

Thousands take the plunge in Windermere's Great North Swim

DESPITE the wet and windy conditions, thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on the challenge of the John West Great North Swim.

Open water enthusiasts, aged from eight to over 80 dived into the waters of Windermere to take on distances ranging from a beginners 250 meters all the way up to the gruelling 10km ‘marathon’ swim.

New open water swimming event launched on banks of Loch Lomond

Go Swim Loch Lomond takes place in Balloch in September and replaces the Great Scottish Swim, which was cancelled earlier this year.

A new open water swimming extravaganza is launching at Loch Lomond this September.

Surprise in Portugal has country hosts third leg of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2019 in Setubal

With the FINA World Championship Gwangju 2019 quickly approaching (July 12 – 28, 2019), there was lower entry numbers than usual, but still a high quality field making this a very competitive swim with 24 men and 22 women’s competing.

How to Become Acclimated to Open Water Swimming

Building confidence to swim outside the box

People raised on beaches love plunging into ponds, lakes, and oceans. But some who have only swum in lap pools can find open water frightening. How can you learn to be comfortable without lane stripes, walls, or the smell of chlorine?

Experience the joys of sea swimming

SEA swimmers of a certain vintage are being sought to take a dozen dips off Devon.

The county’s Age UK group is diving in to offer those aged 55 and over the joys of open-water swimming in the sea with the support of qualified trainers and lifeguards.

Swimmers conquer icy Atlantic swim

A strong head wind and 12° Celsius water did little to deter three Jeffreys Bay swimmers from comple-ting the notorious Lighthouse swim in Cape Town last weekend.

Ten-year-old Issataya Bredell had to dig deep within herself to complete the final leg of a relay swim, won by the team from the Eastern Cape.

Yield to swimmers: annual Chesapeake channel closure Sunday

The Coast Guard will limit vessel traffic in part of upper Chesapeake Bay when as many as 650 competitors dive in for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim June 9.

The temporary regulated area Sunday spans a narrows on either side of the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial Bridges that carry Highway 50 across the bay. The area will extend 500 yard north and south of each span, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as swimmers make their way from Sandy Point State Park northeast of Annapolis, Md., across 4.4 miles to Kent Island.

Move to market False Bay swim

A group of Cape Town open water swimmers have embarked on a mission to position the swim across False Bay as one of the most challenging and desirable swims in the world of marathon swimming.

The False Bay Swim is a 34km open water swim, which compares with the English Channel and other Oceans Seven swims around the world in terms of distance and conditions.

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