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SWIMMING WITH SEAHORSES

Lucy Young travelled to Dorset for this friendly, well-organised event

I enjoyed this year’s Seahorse swim off Studland Beach in Dorset so much, I think I could enthuse anyone into entering! The day hadn’t looked so promising at the outset. It was one of those ‘hold the faith’ mornings with (another) early start and rather inclement weather for our long drive to the coast. I’ve holidayed on the Isle of Purbeck for decades, however, so I remained confident that we’d eventually get ‘Purbeck sunshine’ for our swim – I just needed to persuade my travelling companion.

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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