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Admiring the view early one morning from the a hill overlooking Lake Bala I was puzzled by a distant shape in the still water. Through binoculars I saw it was a swimmer’s red cap. I realised at that moment I wanted to be that swimmer. Encouraged by friends I moved from rather casual pool swimming to outdoor training and have now just realised my first ambition to swim the length of Bala. It has great resonance for me, it being the beautiful natural lake where we spent many childhood camping holidays. It’s given me great pleasure to be developing a new interest in my late 60s and am loving the social aspects: it’s so easy to chat to others at events and give support to one another. Retired but don’t wish to stand still? I’ve found outdoor swimming is invigorating physically, mentally and socially. The possibility of 10k has now quietly sneaked up on me so I am scanning your events listings and digesting your useful guidance on preparation. It could happen!

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Meeting our readers at events and swims over the summer, I have been struck by how you are never too old (or young) to have a swimming adventure. I hope that the inspiring stories between these covers inspire you to take on your own swimming challenges. In this issue we look at how you can improve your pacing by taking your training outside, long-term contributor Terry Laughlin writes powerfully about how he has kept swimming through his cancer treatment, we meet ultra swimming legend Jaimie Monahan and Becky Horsbrugh’s 80-year-old mum proves that it is never too late to take to the open water. Plus, a new wildlife column, nutrition, training, wild swimming and swimrun wetsuits and event reviews. It’s another bumper issue! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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