Marathon swimmer: ‘Giving up was the right thing to do’

A MILVERTON woman who was on course to be the first person in the world to achieve seven channel swims in a year recently attended a West End premier of a documentary about her that is now touring the country.

A new wild swimming spot is opening in London next week

This summer may still be looking like a bit of a washout, but a drop of rain isn’t about to stop hardy Londoners from freezing their gonads off in the untamed wilderness. Well, leafy Beckenham, anyway.

Open Water swimmers Arianna Bridi and Ana Marcela Cunha battle in Seychelles

Seychelles is one of nine venues in the Open Water Series with swimmers fighting for points and qualification for the Olympics

Dolphins dancing through waves, sun beating down, angel fish patrolling under the surface and the water lapping over golden sands.

Shrewsbury nurse Melissa finishes her River Severn swim

Having endured storms, suffered hypothermia and even swallowed sewage, a Shrewsbury nurse has finally completed her swim along the whole of the River Severn.

Strokes of genius: swimmers’ guide to the UK coast

Challenging, invigorating and with great views or beaches to explore, sea-swimmers describe their favourite dips

Rowan Clarke on Clevedon, Somerset

As an outdoor swimmer and swimming coach, Rowan is often found on the side of Clevedon Marine Lake giving guidance to all ability levels. She is on the Board of Trustees for Marlens, the charity that looks after the Marine Lake and a member of the South West Seals winter swimmers.

Daring Hull man hopes to become first to swim across River Humber - and back

A record-breaking Hull swimmer aims to become the first person to swim solo across the length of the Humber Bridge and back.

Richard Royal has completed many insane swimming challenges in the past, but this latest test could be his toughest yet.

Chinese women's relay swim team 1st to cross English Channel

After relay swimming for nearly 20 hours and covering 72.85 kilometers, five Chinese women crossed the English Channel and finally landed on Calais, France, at 18:30 local time on July 3.

Why Women Excel at Marathon Swimming

Officially, marathon swimming is any open swim over 10km long where no wetsuits are allowed, just a normal swimsuit, goggles and a thin cap. One of the earliest known marathon swims was one of the classics: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875.

Californian swimmer becomes first to conquer North Channel in 2019

A California woman has described becoming the first person of 2019 to conquer the North Channel as “bittersweet”.

As the narrow window for attempting the challenging swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland opened last week, only one of three first individuals to attempt it was successful.

Irvine woman prepares for the swimming challenge of a lifetime

An Irvine woman is taking on one of the most gruelling and iconic swimming challenges later this summer.

Ashleigh Seymour, 36, aims to swim the English Channel to raise money for Safe Passage, a charity that helps child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary in the UK.

Lifelong swimmer Ashleigh plans to take the plunge from Shakespeare Beach and swim the 21 miles to Cap Gris Nez in France next month.

Dutch Olympic champion completes 195-kilometer charity swim

On one of the hottest days of the Dutch summer, Olympic long-distance swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden completed a marathon swim Monday along the route of a famous Dutch speedskating race, to raise money for cancer research.

Thousands of participants enjoy Suffolk scorcher at John West Great East Swim

Thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on a variety of challenges in the John West Great East Swim today, set in the picturesque surroundings of Alton Water.This weekend's event was the 11th of its kind in Suffolk, having launched back in 2009 - with more than 22,000 taking part over its decade-long history.

Maarten’s 200 km swimtrip

This time my blog is in English. There is a numerous amount of publicity in Dutch about Maarten van der Weijden’s second try to swim nonstop 200 km, but in English not too much. So I am planning to give updates about this extreme long swimtrip along 11 cities in the Netherlands.

Spectacular swimming at Croatia’s Raslina Swimming Marathon!

The Raslina Swimming Marathon is part of the Croatian Cup and was first held in 2010. Since then it has grown to become one of the biggest and best races in the region.  This year it will be held on July 20, 2019!

The Beginner's Guide to Open-Water Swimming

Build confidence and skill before your first big dip

Thanks to wide-ranging temperatures, murky water, and strong waves, open-water swimming is more thrilling, and physically demanding, than pool swimming. But the same factors that make the outdoor sport such an exciting, intense workout can also make it pretty terrifying, especially for the first-timer. “It’s quite a surreal feeling,” says Jarrod Evans, head coach of the U.S. men’s triathlon team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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