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The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) has inducted 16 new members. The “Class of 2018” highlights the global nature and diversity of marathon swimming, with 13 different countries represented, more women than men, a wide range of ages and an impressive spectrum of achievements. Those recognised included world champions, Olympians, record breakers, coaches and volunteers. Among the recipients of the coveted green sash were Trent Grimsey, the current English Channel world record holder in a staggering time of 6hrs 55 minutes; Sarah Thomas, world record holder for the longest ever marathon swim of 104.6 miles; and Jacques Tuset, who adds an unusual twist to his marathon swims – he “escapes” from prison islands. He has escaped from 25 so far.

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It's time to get back in the water! With spring finally here read our guide on how to safely enjoy swimming outdoors – plus our top tips on sea swimming. Our Gear section this issue features our choice of training aids to help you tune up your technique so you can make the most of this month's training sessions from coach Fiona Ford on open water skills. We celebrate open water icon Marilyn Bell and the 1954 marathon swim that turned her into a global swimming star. But outdoor swimming isn’t all about massive distances – we also hear about a swim revival in the Czech Republic in memory of a Holocaust survivor and meet the swimmers of Henley Open Water Swimming Club. Plus: full event listings to plan your summer swims, nutrition, injury prevention, event reviews, news, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.