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In the wake of Gleitze

Heather Jane Clatworthy is recreating mercedes gleitze’s historic swim from donegal to portstewart

I grew up on the Causeway coast of Ireland in a litt le seaside town called Portstewart. I am now 33, a wife, mother of two children and I live and work in Warwickshire, England. In my school days I swam regularly for the local swimming club in Coleraine and competed in many galas.

The stunning Portstewart coastline lies 13 miles south east of Moville in Donegal. I swam in the sea at Portstewart growing up, most days aft er school and in the holidays, but it always frustrated me having to stay close to shore in the shallows, and I always wanted to swim further.

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In our fifth anniversary issue we take a look back at the first five years of H2Open magazine as well as looking to the future and asking ,where will swimming take you in 2016? Whatever your level of swimming, there is a challenge out there for you! If that challenge is a winter swimming competition, we have plenty of top tips and expert advice on swimming in icy water. But if the cold doesn’t really do it for you, we have destination reports from sunny Bermuda and the German lakes. In this issue we also profile four young BLDSA swimmers as well as catching up with open water swimming champions Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Plus all the usual training, technique and nutrition advice and gear reviews. Happy swimming!
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