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Plan your events early, as many have limited entries and fill up quickly. Remember to check the rules, especially those relating to wetsuit use



27 Timed Swim (400m, 750m, 1500m, 1.9km), Shorncote, Cirencester,

30 Mass Start 1 (750m, 1.5km, 3.8km, 5km), Kempston, Bedford,


7 Create Swim Race Series - 1 (650m, 1300m, 2600m, 3900m), Bradley Stoke, Bristol,

21 Poole Swim @ Sandbanks (500m, 1km, 1.5km, 2km), Sandbanks, Poole,

21 MediaCityUK Swim Challenges (1500m, 3km, 5km), Salford Quays, Salford,

22 BLDSA Colwick Park Championships (5km), Nottingham, Notts,, NW

22 The Splash #1 (750m, 1.5km, 3km), Hackney, London,, NS

22 Keswick Mountain Festival Derwent Swim (1500m), Keswick,

25 Timed Swim (400m, 750m, 1500m, 1.9km, 3.8km), Cirencester,

28 Gr8events Open Water Swim 3k Challenge (750m, 1500m, 3000m), Richmond,

28 Dee Mile (1km, 2km), Chester, events.

29 The Small Fry & Big Fish Swims (1500m, 3800m), Pingewood, Reading, Berks,


1 Capernwray Mid Week Swim (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3.8km), Capernwray,

4 Create Swim Race Series - 2 (650m, 1300m, 2600m, 3900m), Bradley Stoke, Bristol, Glos,

4 Bala Middle Charity Swim (750m, 1500m), Bala, Gwynedd,

5 Marlow River Swim (750m, 1.5km, 3km), Marlow, Berks,, NS

5 Zone3 Derwent Epic Lakes Swim (500m, 1 mile, 3.8km), Keswick, Cumbria,, NS

5 BLDSA Wykeham Lake Championships (1000m, 2 miles, 5km), Scarborough, N. Yorks,, NW

5 Jubilee River Swim (10km), Eton, Berks,

9 Hillingdon Triathletes Open Water Swim - Race 1 (1000m, 2000m), Denham, Bucks,

10-12 Great North Swim (1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5km, 10km), Windermere, Cumbria,, NS

11 Dinton Uber Swim (3000m), Hurst, Reading, Berks,

11 Coniston Picnic Swim (1500m, 3000m), Coniston,

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As spring finally arrives, it is time to start planning your summer swims. We have features on wild swimming in Spain and Florida and full event listings for races in the UK and around the world. Plus, we report from Russia and the UK on the final flurry of the season’s cold water swimming competitions. In this issue’s performance zone, as well as all the usual training and nutrition advice, we teach you how to master easy butterfly. This issue we celebrate a true pioneer of the open water: Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel, was an independent working class woman who promoted open water swimming to a new audience.