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The XK Factor

Chris Hartley, founder of swimzi, talks to Simon Griffiths about building a brand for swimmers that combines performance with fashion

Like many people running a business related to swimming, Chris Hartley thanks (or blames) his children.

“I am a very proud father to three beautiful girls who have swum at club, county, regional and national level – and that is where my involvement with swimming started.”

It began in the usual way: could he spare a few moments to help out on poolside? He could, but things snowballed as he progressed from keen volunteer to obsessed coach over the course of 15 years.

“I’ve consumed many books on swimming coaching and worked with some truly inspirational mentors along the way,” says Chris.

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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.