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“WE NEED THE TONIC OF WILDERNESS”

A few weeks ago I took part in a swimrun race. It was my first swimrun event and was perhaps the most fun I have ever had in a race – not to say it wasn’t tough, but how could you not enjoy 5km of sea swimming and 14km of trail running? Say that to some people and they will look at you as if you are mad. For many exercise is just a means to an end, a chore rather than something they actually enjoy. Outdoor swimming (and, indeed, trail running) is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure.

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Outdoor swimming is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure. If you find it hard to keep the thrill going through the dark days of winter, we’ve got 12 ways to help keep you motivated, including six top tips for cold water swimming. If you need something to look forward to, check out our Travel and Events sections for races and holiday destinations for summer 2017. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from the Wild Swimming Brothers about their trip to Norway to tackle the world’s biggest whirlpools, and the truly inspirational Sarah Thomas talks to us about her mammoth 80-mile swim in Lake Powell. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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