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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > Dec2015/Jan 2016 > REDEFINING PARAMETERS


In 1993, Beth French faced the rest of her life in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with ME. In September 2016, the British endurance swimmer will start her world record challenge to swim the Oceans Seven in one year

Beth French is no stranger to overcoming incredible challenges. In 1993, ME left her wheelchair bound, but after after almost a decade of illness she made an extraordinary recovery from the debilitating syndrome.

Her swimming CV already includes the English Channel, the Molokai Channel (a British female first) and the 26-mile Scilly Island Channel from Cornwall to St Mary’s – a world first. But completing the Oceans Seven in one year is a mammoth challenge: Beth will have to swim seven of the toughest channel crossings in the world with minimal time for recovery.

Alice Gartland spoke to Beth to find out more about this extraordinary undertaking and the power of the mind in open water.

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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.