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A Swim to Remember

Dave Stephens will swim Windermere in memory of his son and to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation

The feeling I had standing over that cold solitary lake for the first time was overwhelming. I truly did not know how my body would cope or whether I would be able to climb out at the end of the session.

I was there because of my son Tylor, who we lost, age 17, three years ago. Grief is a horrid and personal thing that can so easily bring you down. Our lives collapsed when he died. He was, is, our all. But through the grief, somehow, I thought that as soon as I was strong enough I would do something for the Make a Wish Foundation, which as an important charity for us and Tylor.

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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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