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New Cancer Research swimming challenge revealed for Welwyn Garden City

Cancer Research UK has just announced a brand new obstacle swimming challenge on the open waters of Stanborough Park, in Welwyn Garden City.

Obstacle Swim will see hundreds of participants powering their way through adrenaline packed obstacles across either a 500m or 1km open water swimming course.

The event, which takes place on May 21, is designed for everyone from novice open water swimmers to swimming enthusiasts looking for a different kind of challenge.

Fernald to discuss open water endurance swimming

PORTSMOUTH — Blue Ocean Society will host a presentation from open water endurance swimmer Bob Fernald of North Hampton on Thursday, April 6.

Fernald completed his three-year journey to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2016, crossing the English Channel, a circumnavigational swim around Manhattan Island and crossing the Catalina Channel. He will share his love of open water swimming, discuss his local swims, impacts he sees on the ocean and how he gives back to the local community. In addition to a “clean the ocean” swim planned for Blue Ocean Society, he has helped raise thousands of dollars for Seacoast swim facilities.

Swimming duo conquer ‘ice mile’ – a feat rarer than summiting Everest

A pair of Suffolk swimmers have joined an exclusive group of little more than 200 people worldwide to have completed the ultimate cold water swimming challenge – the Ice Mile.

Swimming Australia Announces Open Water Team for World Champs

Swimming Australia has nominated three athletes to take on the 10km open water event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, adding to the three that were already selected for the 5km event at the Australian Open Water Championships in January this year.

Following on from their successful performances at the Abu Dhabi FINA World Cup earlier this month, Chelsea Gubecka, Kareena Lee and new comer Jack Brazier will now join Jarrod Poort (5km), Jack McLoughlin (5km) and Kiah Melverton (5km) on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the open water events.

Payne pleased with hanging up goggles at right time

Two months on from hanging up her goggles and announcing her retirement from swimming, and two-time World Champion Keri-Anne Payne insists she has no regrets whatsoever.

Whereas life was previously dictated by training routines and regular physio visits, the 29-year-old has stepped firmly away from the pool, with ski trips, a move to London and the simple pleasures of not setting an early alarm for training.

Payne dedicated her life to swimming, representing Great Britain for over 12 years after first making her debut in 2004.

Shakespeare Beach footbridge at Aycliffe, Dover, reopens after Christmas Eve 2015 storm

Channel swimmers can return to their traditional launch base this summer after Aycliffe’s rail footbridge was reopened.

The bridge had been destroyed with the Dover to Folkestone line and sea wall by a storm on Christmas Eve 2015.

The line and sea wall reopened last September and the bridge was formally reopened today.

LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup, 1st leg

Hungary doubles down the titles, Paltrinieri comes 4th

Hungarian swimmers enjoyed an exceptional day in Eilat, in the opening leg of the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup. Kristof Rasovszky won the men’s event while Katalin Somenek came first among the women. Italy’s 1500m Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri just missed the podium in his first ever 10km race.

The opening leg of the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup was highlighted by the ‘sea-debut’ of Gregorio Paltrinieri. In fact, the Italian, who clinched the Olympic, world and European titles in the 1500m free in the past three years, returned to the open water races as he had been a usual participant in this discipline before he turned 17 (and his attention solely to pool competitions).

'I don't want to die in pyjamas, I want to die in my togs' - Elderly Irish sea swimmers star in inspiring video

Three elderly Irish people have opened up about why they love swimming in treacherous waters in an inspiring video.

In the video 'The Invincibles', produced by Dulux Ireland, the Cork swimmers explain the rush they get when they step foot in the open water, even though people may question its safety.

"I enjoy being perceived as an eccentric. [The water is] like a friend who can turn on you for no apparent reason," says Tom McCarthy (63) from Carrigaline.

"Your whole body is tingling, like the blood is rushing through your body like champagne. It's effervescent.

"I don't want to die in my pyjamas. I don't want to die in my boots. I want to die in my togs."

Myrtleville Swimmers Tom Bermingham said it's the biggest adrenaline rush he gets. 

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

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