The old docks in Salford and Lake Coniston only have one thing in common, and that’s water. This means, of course, that you can swim in both, which is what I did this weekend. The experiences could hardly be more different, but it’s all open water swimming.
Now in its fifth year, the popular 2.25 mile Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge swim, organised by Human Race, last weekend saw its closest ever finish.
The 24th edition of “El Paso a Nado de los Ríos Orinoco y Caroní” in Venezuela took place on 13 April this year. It is a challenging competition that each year gathers swimmers from around the country and beyond for a tough but rewarding 3,100m swim.
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.
It’s all open water swimming to me
Closest finish yet in Hampton Court swim
Paso a Nado de os Rios Orinoco y Caroni
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