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Soul singer Carleen Anderson completed a half-mile swim at the Great North Swim in 2012.

We spoke to her about her open water swimming journey

Carleen finishing her first sea swim at Walpole Bay, summer 2017
Credit: Hannah Davis
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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to our February issue! The new issue of Outdoor Swimmer is packed full of awesome features to help you keep your New Year challenges on track and inspire your swimming adventures. An introduction to the world's most iconic swim, the English Channel; wild swimming adventures; swimming heroes; neoprene accessories on test; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.

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Four years ago Charlie Wheadon’s life was in a downward spiral. Now he is happier than he has ever been and training for an English Channel solo swim
Glow sticks, grease and jellyfish. Allow Jonathan Cowie to introduce you to the mysteries of the world’s most iconic swim: the English Channel
Ella Foote learns about tides with writer William Thomson
Argentina and its rivers contribute a rich chapter to the history of marathon swimming. By Elaine K Howley
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