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REVIVING WINTER SWIMMING IN ST PETERSBURG

Roman Karkachev reports on the return of ice swimming to the Peter and Paul Fortress

WINTER SWIMMING

From the 1960s to the fall of the Soviet Union, the Bolshaya Neva swimming club was the biggest winter swimming club in the Soviet Union. Among its 600 members were Soviet movie stars, famous scientists and well known theatre actors. The club was based on Zayachy Island in the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel of St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Club members swam in a 25-metre pool cut into the frozen River Neva, watched by crowds of spectators.

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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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