Iver Heath man completes record-breaking 13 Lakes Challenge for charity

A man from Iver Heath has become the first person to complete the gruelling 13 Lakes Challenge in just three days.

George Tapling, 20, swam 71km across all of the publicly accessible lakes in the Lake District to raise money for the water charity Just a Drop - the charity brings sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects to communities, transforming lives.

World’s Top Swimmers Stoychev & Hirai at The Authentic Marathon Swim

The Authentic Marathon Swim revives the historic race at Artemision, 2,500 years later. Swimmers from all over the world will participate in the authentic marathon swimming route and other swimming activities September 4-6 at Pefki, Evia, in the Municipality of Istiaia - Edipsos.
Participating swimmers include the elite of marathon swimming with major names being added on a daily basis. 

Thousands dive into balmy Lake Balaton in Hungary for swimming contest

Under cloudless summer skies, thousands of competitors plunged into the balmy waters of Balaton on Saturday to swim across Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said more than 10,000 people including children, pensioners and professional athletes had registered to take part in the annual lake swim - Europe’s longest open-water swimming contest.

Is it safe to swim in the River Thames?

The Thames has a reputation as a dirty river. It’s not totally undeserved. I took part in the notorious Hampton Court to Kingston swim in October 2012, when I was one of 338 people who reported getting ill. No specific cause was identified. It was most likely a bacterial or viral infection. In the days prior to the race, rainfall was several times the average for the time of year. 

Aussie marathon swimmer to challenge English Channel record

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel is planning to create a slice of history with a 35th crossing of the English Channel after being given a special exemption to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Considered one of the greatest ultra-swimmers of all time, she has so far tamed the treacherous stretch of water between England and France 31 times and is planning to add four more crossings within the next month.

"I didn't make it across the English Channel - but training for it bought me time"

Before swimming the English Channel, Lee Brogan was struggling with his mental health. Training for it gave him the time he needed to get better.​

Training alone for hours on end in cold, rough seas, battling currents, swells and jellyfish, all in the knowledge that you’ll have to wake up the following day and do it all over again. For most people, the life of an aspiring English Channel swimmer is not one they would wish to lead.

Wild Swimming: One of life’s great pleasures

Open water swimming, or wild swimming, is the practise of swimming outside in an open body of water. The activity has trickled back into the mainstream in recent years, with an increasing number of people revelling in the pleasure of a dip in the great outdoors. Search #wildswimming on Instagram and witness a consistent aesthetic; what once was a jump in a lake or ocean has been curated into a bourgeois social media trend. 

OVERCOME YOUR OPEN-WATER SWIMMING FEARS

Ultra triathlete Claire Smith of Brutal Events shares how she battles her fears of the open water when tackling some of the world's toughest events, and how you can too.
My daughter commented the other day that wetsuits smell funny. I said that all mine smell of terror. We laughed, but for me it’s absolutely true; the smell of neoprene is associated with fear.

How ice swimming helped me get control of my anxiety

I knew that I could die if I stayed in there too long. I kept asking myself if it was safe, or was I stupid for exposing myself to the extreme cold in an icy lake. The level of pain that gripped my whole body was intense and I had to fight hard to stay in control of my thoughts. As my extremities started to go numb and the alarm bells inside my head intensified, I focused on my breath. That helped. A little. 

Swimmer battles tides, jellyfish to complete marathon challenge

A west Cork man has overcome cold waters, jellyfish stings and strong currents to become the first person to complete the 40km swim from Baltimore Harbour to the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.

Steve Redmond, 54, said although he was in the water alone for the marathon 15 hour 35 minute swim, his support team on the boat which accompanied him and led by skipper Kieran Collins, "will do anything to make you succeed".

20 of the world's best places for swimming

From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Icy ponds at five-star hotels in the heart of Peru to quiet riverbanks in the Japanese Alps.
These swimming spots are the ultimate escape for those looking for adventure once the months of being unable to hit the road finally come to an end.
Pack a towel, remember to always put safety first and get ready to dive into the world's best places for swimming.

SWEDISH SWIMMERS JOHANSSON AND HOLMQUIST TO ATTEMPT 30KM SWIM FOR CHARITY

Swedish swimmers Victor Johansson and Marcus Holmquist are going to attempt to swim 30 km in Sweden’s lake Vättern at the beginning of August in order to raise money for the World Food Program USA.

The lake is the second largest in Sweden, behind Lake Vänern and in the summer it reaches a temperature range of 12 and 17 degrees Celsius (54 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit).

The adventure swimmers

Committed “lake baggers” keep a list of the waters they cross

After hiking 5 miles up the trail to Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks, four people stripped to swimsuits in the wind that kept passersby in down vests and parkas.

It was late August. The early morning air temperature had been somewhere in the mid-30s. The lake sits at 2,885 feet above sea level. 

Why It's Time to Try Swimming in Open Water

And how to dive into the freedom, challenge, and discipline of 'wild swimming.'
Ryan Utsumi, 41, had been drenched in the turquoise blue and calm of southern California pools since he started swimming competitively at age five. “But in 2001, after 15 years of chlorine and coaches on the pool deck, I was done with all that,” he says.

Mileage ace Van Rouwendaal can no longer be fooled by a coach

Many photos of animals hang from the wall in her parents’ house in Eindhoven. Ducks especially. It is a memory of the childhood of swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal (26) in France. Duck and Ducky were her best friends.

Van Rouwendaal has always been an outsider. The long-distance swimmer became Olympic champion in the 10 kilometers of open water at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

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