Chillswim may have popularised the 5.25 mile length of Coniston swim with the launch of their event in 2013 but the British Long Distance Swimming Association has now held its annual Coniston Water Championship 22 times.
While the UK’s south east allegedly enjoyed glorious sunshine on 19 July, Manchester – or perhaps more specifically, Salford Quays – experienced non-stop rain.
Throughout history there had only been 19 recorded North Channel swim and then, on 6 and 7 July 2014, there two in two days.
Fergal Sommerville, who completed fantastic early season North Channel swim in 2013, was delighted to have the opportunity to crew for Sabrina Wiedmar, the first Swiss Swimmer to make the crossing from Ireland to Scotland. Here’s his full report of events from 7 July 2014.
Swimming coach and regular Swimming Times (and occasional H2Open) contributor Lee Stanbury has created a new swimming website at Planetfit4swimming.com.
Olympic silver medallist Keri-anne Payne took part in the Henley Mile over the weekend where she ran an open water swimming coaching session with a group of enthusiastic youngsters as part of an initiative to promote the development of open water swimming clubs in the Upper Thames area.
Thomas Roberts breaks two-hours for length of Coniston
Rain fails to dampen spirits at Great Manchester Swim
Two North Channel swims in two days
Sabrina Wiedmer swims the North Channel
Lee Stanbury launches Planetfit4swimming.com
Keri-anne Payne at Henley Mile to promote open water clubs initiative