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THE ITALIAN JOB

Simon Griffiths Took a quick trip to Bergeggi to swim around an island

Simon Griffiths Took a quick trip to Bergeggi to swim around an island

I like swims where you start in one place and finish in another. They give you a sense of accomplishment, although they can be a logistical headache for event organisers. I also like events where you swim around somewhere of significance, such as an island. Although these events remove the hassle of transferring swimmers and their kit from start to finish, they present additional challenges to organisers – such as how to ensure swimmers’ safety while on the far side of the island – but are much more satisfying than circling arbitrary buoys.

Swim the Island, in Bergeggi, Italy, is a lovely example of a circumnavigation swim, and I was lucky enough to take part in the fifth running of this event in October 2015.

In five years the event has grown from 250 swimmers to more than ten times that number, and the course has varied each year as the organiser has experimented with different layouts.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue. This month we talk to English Channel record holder Becky Lewis about her seven crossings (and counting!) and to Beth French about her plan to complete the Oceans Seven in one year, despite suffering from ME. Have you ever wanted to swim an Ice Mile? We have expert advice on how to train safely for one of swimming's most extreme challenges. And if you like a bit of trail running with your outdoor swimming, we take an in-depth look at the endurance sport of swimrun. We have inspiring travel features on Italy, Scotland and the French Riviera. And as it's Christmas we have some delicious cake recipes to try! Plus all the usual training advice and sessions, news, interviews, inspirational stories and event listings for 2016.
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