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WORLD’S OLDEST SWIM

A new campaign of the ‘World’s Oldest Swim’ emphasises the historical significance of the Hellespont crossing, a 4.5km swim across the strait dividing Europe and Asia. The history of the swim dates back to the mythological tragedy of Hero and Leander, two lovers who lived on either side of the strait. Leander would swim the crossing every night to be with Hero, and swim back every morning. Modern history claims the poet Lord Byron as the first to make the crossing, completing the swim in 1810.

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FIT FOR LIFE One of the great things about outdoor swimming is that it can be done by people of all ages. Whether it is wild swimming with your kids or entering races in the super vet category, swimming can be part of your life whatever your age. Our July issue has a Fit for Life theme. As we swim through the ages we look at how we can encourage more young people to swim in the open water, how we should adapt our training as we get older, how one school transformed its swimming lessons and how we can use strength training to combat age-related muscle loss. Plus, we meet swimmers of all ages to discuss their relationship with swimming outdoors.