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In the five years we’ve been publishing h2open, Lisa Williams went from a one-mile wetsuit swimmer to a 21-mile non-wetsuit english Channel swimmer.


Lisa Williams is a hoarder – at least as far as H2Open is concerned. Back in the autumn 2015 she posted a picture on Twitt er of her complete set of magazines, starting from Issue 1. We therefore decided to ask about her open water swimming journey and why she hung on to her H2Open copies.

Six years ago, Lisa realised she was working too much, socialising too hard and not doing enough exercise. Remembering that she’d loved swimming as a kid she went along to her local pool to do a few laps – aft er something like a 15-year gap from the water. There she saw an advert for West London Penguins, a masters swimming club, and decided to sign up.

At this stage, open water swimming hadn’t even crossed her mind but early in 2011 she signed up to do a one-mile swim with Human Race at Dorney Lake.

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In our fifth anniversary issue we take a look back at the first five years of H2Open magazine as well as looking to the future and asking ,where will swimming take you in 2016? Whatever your level of swimming, there is a challenge out there for you! If that challenge is a winter swimming competition, we have plenty of top tips and expert advice on swimming in icy water. But if the cold doesn’t really do it for you, we have destination reports from sunny Bermuda and the German lakes. In this issue we also profile four young BLDSA swimmers as well as catching up with open water swimming champions Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Plus all the usual training, technique and nutrition advice and gear reviews. Happy swimming!