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SWIMMING UP NEPTUNE STEPS

Joel Enoch takes on Red Bull’s open water obstacle race

“Go on Joel, you need this!” BBC sport commentator Tim Warwood screamed at me as I hauled myself out of the freezing water, climbed a 15ft high wall built on a barge and then threw myself back into the murky waters of a Glaswegian canal. This was not a normal swimming event!

The Red Bull Neptune Steps swimming race initially doesn’t sound like much of a challenge. After all, it’s only 420m long. However, factor in a unique 18m of ascent though eight lock gates, 9 degree water and head-to-head racing with some of the best open water swimmers, triathletes and obstacle course racers in the UK and you quickly realise this event is a lot tougher than it first looks.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!
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