At 21.6 miles long, the length of Loch Lomond is the most challenging swim on the British Long Distance Swimming Association calendar.
Earlier this summer, southern England was blessed with unusually warm weather and a number of our gravel pit lakes hit 25 degrees Celsius, which isn’t far short of what you find in a heated indoor pool.
Lisa Stansbie, co-founder of the Big Blue Swim swimming holidays, is also an artist. As a swimmer, her art reflects her love of swimming and her exhibition is entitled “Nothing Great is Easy”, words attributed to Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to swim the English Channel.
There’s a sign as you come into Marlow announcing that it won a prize for best kept village in the country, and it shows.
With the majority of open water events taking place in relatively sheltered inland waters, the Salty Sea Dog Swim in Bournemouth from event organiser VoTwo offers swimmers a nice little sea-based challenge.
Some of the best known female marathon swimmers in the world are now confirmed speakers at the 2014 WOWSA Global Open Water Swimming Conference, being staged on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, from 20 to 21 September.
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The Big Blue Swim's Lisa Stansbie announces art exhibition
Human Race – Marlow Swim, August 2014
Salty Sea Dog Swim, Bournemouth (VoTwo)
Global conference speaker update