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Champion of Champions

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A highlight of the British Long Distance Swimming Association’s calendar is the Champion of Champions. The challenge is for swimmers to complete a series of swims totalling 9 miles (broken down to 5 miles, 3 miles and 1 mile). The original Champion of Champions is held in Dover and on 17 June, beautiful conditions greeted the swimmers for their 5km, 3km and 1km swims. (The traditional 5-mile, 3-mile and 1-mile course had to be sortened due to pile driving in Dover Marina.) Men’s winners were: James Leitch; Ollie Wilkinson; and Ben Silver. Women’s winners were: Hannah Monaghan; Elizabeth Denyer; Melanie Holland.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

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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