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Against the Tides

Choosing your pain. Ella Foote meets adventurer Beth French

If I want to swim a channel, I know I can tomorrow

If I want to swim a channel, I know I can tomorrow,” is one of the irst things ocean swimmer Beth French says to me. We are sat in warm spring sunshine at Parliament Hill Lido in north London. I am in awe of her baseline swim itness and love the idea of being in the best shape you can to be able tackle a marathon swim any day you like.

Three years ago Beth set out to swim the Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of seven of the toughest seachannels in the world. For marathon swimmers, it is the ultimate test. To date, only 15 people have completed it and Beth attempted to be the irst to complete all seven swims in one year.This month the feature documentary ilm, Against the Tides, is released and it tells her story. “You know how sometimes you joke and talk about who might play you if they made a movie of your life?” says Beth. “I am playing me, in the movie of my life!”

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Swim into Spring! We are very excited this issue to welcome Keri-anne Payne, Olympic silver medallist and double 10k open water world champion, as our guest coach. She joins Cassie Patten, our regular Olympian contributor, to bring you top training and technique advice to get you fitter and faster in the open water this summer. We also have training session ideas using all four strokes, advice to help you overcome negative thoughts on race day and the ultimate guide to wetsuit care and maintenance. And in our Gear pages this issue we test a full range of open water swimming wetsuits. As ever we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.