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50 SWIMS, 50 CASTLES, AND 50 CAKES!

Inspired by the castles, dramatic coastline and history of Northumberland, Jane Hardy embarked on a worldwide challenge to complete 50 swims at 50 castles and sampling 50 cakes!

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WHAT INSPIRED THIS SWIM PROJECT?

I organised a swim from the Farne Islands back to Bamburgh Castle for charity. A small group of us completed the 3km swim in just under an hour. Around the same time, I was approached to arrange a 1500m swim from the mainland to Holy Island. Then, somebody pointed out to me that there were 70 castles in Northumberland. As I was fast approaching 50, I randomly thought how fabulous it would be to swim to 50 castles in my 50th year. Having feasted on scrumptious flapjack and homemade plum cake following the two completed castle swims, it only seemed right to sample 50 cakes in the process.

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Whether your New Year goal is an epic challenge or your first open water swim, our 2018 Race Guide is the pick of the year’s must-do events. Elsewhere in the magazine, we have inspiring stories of more personal challenges: learning to ocean swim, 50 castle swims and a new English Channel record. Plus, advice from Olympians, record breakers and swim coaches on how to max your motivation without going nuts.