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PRIME-TIME IN PARIS

Simon Griffiths dived into the canals of Paris for a surprisingly pleasant 5k swim

I usually understand basic French well enough to get by, but when I was in the water, with 500 people around me and a swim cap pulled over my ears, I discovered my comprehension was reduced to zero. I was at the start of the Paris Open Swim Stars 5k in Canal de L’Ourcq. I knew the finish line was to the south west, in Bassin de la Villette, but the swimmers around me were all facing north east! The course, I thought, was a straight line 5km swim along the canal, so why was everyone going the wrong way?

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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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