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I LOVE OWS

After retiring from cross-country running, reader Brian Gardner needed a new challenge. Sensibly, he contacted H2Open and followed our advice to take up open water swimming

After injury forced my reluctant retirement from athletics after 40 years – the last 17 of them as an international masters cross country runner, I needed a new sporting challenge. With two international cross country titles to my name I was also keen to keep my competitive edge. Earlier this year, H2Open kindly offered advice when I enquired about swimming clubs and competition. Following their suggestions, I enthusiastically took up open water swimming.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue. This month we talk to English Channel record holder Becky Lewis about her seven crossings (and counting!) and to Beth French about her plan to complete the Oceans Seven in one year, despite suffering from ME. Have you ever wanted to swim an Ice Mile? We have expert advice on how to train safely for one of swimming's most extreme challenges. And if you like a bit of trail running with your outdoor swimming, we take an in-depth look at the endurance sport of swimrun. We have inspiring travel features on Italy, Scotland and the French Riviera. And as it's Christmas we have some delicious cake recipes to try! Plus all the usual training advice and sessions, news, interviews, inspirational stories and event listings for 2016.