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SWIMMING TO THE BALEARIC BEAT

Tasha Morey heads to Menorca for a challenging swim that combines beautiful scenery with drums and a harmonica playing support kayaker

One of my biggest challenges for the last couple of years has been trying to combine family needs and my love of long distance swimming. This has been particularly apparent when it comes to holidays.

Being woken up early one morning in November 2015 turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Checking the Menorca Channel Swimming Association website, a few places were still available on the 25k swim and so forms were submitted and one summer holiday booked. As it turned out all 30 available places were filled within 24 hours.

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We know that most of our readers are fully converted to the joys of swimming outdoors and only venture into indoor, chlorine-filled pools when necessity (or a training schedule) dictates. But it seems that some people haven’t yet discovered our world. They don’t know the thrill of cool water against their skin, the joy of looking up and not seeing a roof but sky and trees. They don’t know how to gauge the temperature of natural water (nice, cool, flippin’ freezing!) or the special properties of river, lake and sea water. When they swim they don’t hear bird song, they hear the aqua aerobics class from the lane next to them. If you know one of these people, please help them by showing them a copy of this magazine. We have lots of inspirational stories and features to help them break out of that chlorine-filled box. What better way to dip into swimming outdoors than wild swimming in our beautiful national parks? Our feature on the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will guide you to the best swim spots in both parks. Or if you prefer your waters a little warmer, why not head to the Costa Brava, where I explored the coast from the safety of new boat-free areas. We have also been hearing from readers about their epic swims: English Channel, North Channel, round Bermuda and the length of Britain’s longest river. We love reading your inspiring stories, even if your challenges sometimes scare us a little bit... Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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