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Pioneer Richard Nelsson took on the first edition of the Hurly Burly – a wild and woolly adventure in North Wales
Success! Smiles all round despite the challenging conditions
Credit: Garland illustration created by Freepik. Images credit: Vivienne Rickman Poole/OSS

With a strong tidal push, wild and choppy waters of varying temperatures, wind, rain, not to mention river and sea debris, the inaugural Hurly Burly 10km swim more than lived up to its name.

Setting off from Barmouth beach in North Wales, 200 determined swimmers made their way up the Mawddach estuary on a fast incoming spring tide, taking in changing scenery and water conditions before finishing at the hamlet of Penmaenpool, on the edge of Snowdonia.

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Autumn is a pretty special time for outdoor swimmers. Summer’s warmth still lingers and, whether you swim in a wetsuit or skins, a decent swim is possible. Our November issue is packed full of awesome features to inspire your swimming adventures. Tune up your stroke in preparation for winter training; eight of the top winter swimming events to enter now; winter pre- and post-swim gear review; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.