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Lake District Challenge

Keen outdoor swimmer John Mather didn’t celebrate his 60th birthday in the traditional way…

What inspired you to swim the 17 longest lakes in the Lake District?

I started as a way of celebrating my 60th birthday, little realising the time, effort or planning involved!

How long did the challenge take and what was the total distance?

I started the challenge in 2014 and completed it in 2016. I estimate that I must have swum about 40 miles in total. This challenge is easier said than done!

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Welcome to our training special! Whether you have signed up for your first open water event or are planning an endurance challenge we have a plan for you – turn to page 44 for our one mile, 5k and 10k training schedules. We also have an intensive 10k DIY training camp for more advanced swimmers, as well as advice on how to successfully swim 24 miles in 24 hours and train for a swimrun event. Plus, our resident Olympian Cassie Patten answers your training queries and Total Immersion head coach Terry Laughlin trains your brain as well as your body. And if you haven’t yet signed up to an event to train for, check out our full listings starting on page 80. Outdoor swimming isn’t all about chasing that PB though. We hear from self-confessed dipper Joe Minihane about how wild swimming helped cure his anxiety and Ella Foote swims with Tessa Wardley, the author of a new book on mindfulness and swimming. And Jenny Landreth delves into the history books to explore the advice given to female swimmers in the 19th century. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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