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GOING THE DISTANCE

Colin France travelled to Croatia with SwimQuest for a longdistance training holiday

”I AM NOT GOING AROUND THAT F**ING ISLAND AGAIN!” “

We were two and a half hours in to a four-hour swim and the voice came from just behind me. She should have been pleased. After all, we were being rewarded for being one of the three fastest swimmers in the group.

The island hadn’t had a name when we first set out. We’d just been enjoying following the coastline of Sv Klement, a traffic-free island off the coast of Hvar and had hardly noticed the tiny rock until our guide told us to do laps of it so that the slower swimmers could catch up. Surely two laps would be enough? Then we heard the call, “go round again”. Cue a mini Princess Moment and the birth of Stroppy Island.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

As we finally spring into summer, our June issue is packed full of inspiring stories and features. Whether you are training for an endurance swim or planning a summer of wild swimming adventures, we have all the best advice, kit and inspiration to help you get out there and enjoy the open water.