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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > August 19 > 220 MILES SOURCE TO SEA


Melissa Compton became the first woman to swim the length of the River Severn and the first person ever to swim it skins

How long have you been outdoor swimming?

Three and a half years. I’ve got osteoarthritis so I couldn’t walk very well so I took up swimming instead.

How did you go to swimming the Severn in three and a half years? That is quite a steep curve!

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In our summer issue we look at the revival of lidos and outdoor pools that continues to gain momentum despite political and financial challenges; we give you a race day rescue plan that will get you to the finish line no matter how little training you have done; Elaine Howley asks how far would you be willing to chase an impossible dream; and sports psychology consultant Helen Davis shows how to overcome self-doubt and succeed at your swim challenges. And as always, we bring you inspiring stories, swim tips, gear reviews, stunning swim photography and the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.