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Our pick of the year’s must-do events for everyone from beginners to marathon swimmers



Great Swim Series

The Great Swim Series is for swimmers of all abilities. Most people taking part will not have swum in the outdoors before, so you won’t be alone! There are three events around the country to choose from: Great North Swim in Windermere, Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond and Great East Swim in Alton Water, Suffolk. Distances for beginners include 250m (great for kids and families), half mile and the classic one mile swim. For more experienced swimmers, there are 2-mile, 5k and 10k options. The Great Swim Series is a great introduction to open water swimming – the Great North Swim was our editor Jonathan’s first ever open water swim!

Great North Swim – 8-10 June, Great East Swim – 23 June, Great Scottish Swim – 25 August

If you like the sound of that, why not try…

Henley Mile

One mile, half mile or 200m down a beautiful stretch of the Thames.

Henley-on-Thames, 15 July

Semer Water Epic Lakes Swim

500m, one mile or 3.8k in the second largest lake in North Yorkshire. Semer Water, 18 August


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Whether your New Year goal is an epic challenge or your first open water swim, our 2018 Race Guide is the pick of the year’s must-do events. Elsewhere in the magazine, we have inspiring stories of more personal challenges: learning to ocean swim, 50 castle swims and a new English Channel record. Plus, advice from Olympians, record breakers and swim coaches on how to max your motivation without going nuts.