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Outdoor Swimmer  |  January 22  


Last month I walked 15 miles through Storm Barra from Kendal to Carnforth wearing only my trunks. “Why?” you may well ask. I was walking with Speedo Mick as part of his 2500-mile charity walk raising money for mental health charities. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives. Meanwhile, men accounted for around three-quarters of UK deaths by suicide in 2018. The recent growth in cold water swimming has been driven partly by interest in its mental health benefits, but come to the water and the majority of swimmers are often women. But a new wave of men’s groups are swimming explicitly for mental health, breaking down the barriers to men talking about their problems. In an issue in which we highlight men’s mental health, we meet one such group, the Edinburgh Blue Balls. In our history feature, Elaine Howley explores the open water legacy of father and son Ted and Jon Erikson. This issue we welcome two new columnists: GB ice swimmer Caroline Saxon explores the highs and lows of winter swimming; and writer Joe Minihane chronicles his exploration of his local area.
We hope you enjoy the issue and have a wonderful 2022.

Jonathan Cowie
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Very enjoyable reading! I like the scope of abilities / interests you cover: very inclusive! Also enjoy the celebration of the natural world and those who immerse themselves in it ;-) Reviewed October 4, 2020
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Good range of articles GREAT photos! Reviewed August 21, 2020
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It is very informative and I prefer receiving this digitally. Reviewed August 17, 2020

Articles in this issue

Below is a selection of articles in Outdoor Swimmer January 22.

Editor’s letter EDITOR Last month I walked 15 miles through Storm Barra from Kendal to Carnforth wearing only my trunks. “Why?” you may well ask. I was walking with Speedo Mick as part of his 2500- mile char...
CONTRIBUTORS Anna Deacon Photographer Anna has created four books with friend Vicky Allan – Taking the Plunge, For the Love of Trees, The Art of Wild Swimming England & Wales and Scotland. The Wild Gu...
Photo Contest READER PHOTO CONTEST Enter our monthly reader photo competition for a chance to have your image featured in the magazine and win prizes from Showers Pass UK. The February theme is Ice...
TAKE AN ICY PLUNGE WITH CRISIS TO HELP END HOMELESSNESS This winter, Crisis is challenging people to take an icy plunge to raise money and help end homelessness. Crisis helps people experiencing homelessness all year round, supporting individuals ...
SPEEDO MICK JOINED BY ICE SWIMMERS When you read this, Michael Cullen would have completed his 2500-mile walk around the UK. Dressed only in a pair of blue Everton trunks, 55-year-old ’Speedo Mick’ has been walking since May, ...
NEW FILM FOR BLACKS CAN'T SWIM SERIES Ed Accura, the producer behind the feature film documentary “A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim” and Blacks Can’t Swim The Sequel, announces the follow up, Blacks Can’t Swim REWIND, set for glob...

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