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“SEA SWIMMING IS A BEAUTIFUL THING, IN FACT AN ART”

JONATHAN COWIE EDITOR

When you think about open water swimming, do you think of a sport for the few or a sport for the many? Although Sport England figures show a drop in participation in pool swimming, swimmers are taking to the open water in increasing numbers. But the question of how to encourage more people into the open water isn’t a new connundrum. 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. Her daughter recounts her inspiring story.

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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.
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