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JUBILEE RIVER SWIM

This man-made river channel is a natural choice for swimming, says Simon Griffiths

The Jubilee River Swim is one I’ve wanted to do for a long time but for various reasons haven’t been able to until this year. It’s an event lots of swimmers return to annually, and I can see why.

The event started in 2012 when My Sporting Times received permission from the Environment Agency to become the first recreational users of this stretch of water, which was only created in 2002, the year of the Queen’s golden jubilee (and hence the origin of the name). The channel is a man-made river running from Taplow to Eton to take overflow from the Thames and help alleviate flooding in Maidenhead and Windsor. It is in impressive piece of civil engineering, not just in terms of hydraulics but also the structures needed to take the water under existing railway lines and roads.

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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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