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CHEESY CHIPS & PINK ELEPHANTS

The Lido Guide is finally here! Ella Foote meets its authors Janet Wilkinson and Emma Pusill

Can you remember something you started 17 years ago? A little project? Personal challenge? New hobby? No? Janet Wilkinson can. In August 2002 she read an article by journalist Ashley Norris who swam in all the London lidos in just one day and then decided to do similar, but her swims would reach all the lidos in the UK. “At the time I was a regular at Parliament Hill Lido in North London and this seemed like a quest,” she says. “Let’s go find the others. That weekend, with a map and lots of sticky dots, the quest began.”

I am sitting with the women behind The Lido Guide, a highly anticipated book that hits bookshelves this month. The Bristol Channel is to my left and the bright rays of orange and glistening blue of Portishead Lido to my right. Authors Janet Wilkinson and Emma Pusill are cooing over their only copy of the book and smiling with pride. We have been for a swim, of course, Portishead Lido opening its doors especially for us. I have met both Janet and Emma before and it is wonderful to finally see their work in print.

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In the June issue of Outdoor Swimmer: wild swimming with a Bronze Age boat, #2minutebeachclean founder Martin Dorey, the history of swimming the Thames and new book the Lido Guide. Plus, we have advice from guest coach Keri-anne Payne, Olympic silver medallist and double 10k open water world champion, on correct body position. And our regular Olympian contributor, Cassie Patten, gives you some top tips on how to mix up your training to get faster in the water this summer. We also have outdoor training session ideas to help you swim straighter and advice to help you overcome race day worries. And if you fancy trying something a little different this summer, we have training ideas for swimrun races. And as always we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims