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Ten years ago Christopher Smith couldn’t swim. He is now a qualified sports therapist and plans to swim the Solent butterfly


I couldn’t swim as either a child or an adult. My father took me to the pool when I was three years old, and the next time I went into the water was 45 years later. I’d had a fear of water for most of my life, and avoided swimming lessons as school, because I was told that the teachers threw you in at the deep end. I don’t know how true that was because miraculously whenever we had swimming lessons I’d suddenly not feel very well, or my ankle would hurt, or I’d have forgotten my swimming trunks! After a few months the teachers gave up and I’d sit in the changing rooms reading.

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Meeting our readers at events and swims over the summer, I have been struck by how you are never too old (or young) to have a swimming adventure. I hope that the inspiring stories between these covers inspire you to take on your own swimming challenges. In this issue we look at how you can improve your pacing by taking your training outside, long-term contributor Terry Laughlin writes powerfully about how he has kept swimming through his cancer treatment, we meet ultra swimming legend Jaimie Monahan and Becky Horsbrugh’s 80-year-old mum proves that it is never too late to take to the open water. Plus, a new wildlife column, nutrition, training, wild swimming and swimrun wetsuits and event reviews. It’s another bumper issue! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor