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Records demolished at Hong Kong’s ‘Cold Half’

Now in its fourth year, the Hong Kong ‘Cold Half’ is earning a reputation as a must do race in its own right and as a perfect training swim for better known challenges such as the English Channel. In fact, it has been described as a tougher swim than the English Channel due to wind and currents.

The 15km race starts from Stanley Main Beach, rounds Hong Kong’s southernmost point at Bluff Head and finishes at Middle Island within Deep Water Bay. The race is open to solo swimmers, or relays of two and there are separate prize categories and records for wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers.

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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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