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Why Women Excel at Marathon Swimming

Officially, marathon swimming is any open swim over 10km long where no wetsuits are allowed, just a normal swimsuit, goggles and a thin cap. One of the earliest known marathon swims was one of the classics: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875.

Californian swimmer becomes first to conquer North Channel in 2019

A California woman has described becoming the first person of 2019 to conquer the North Channel as “bittersweet”.

As the narrow window for attempting the challenging swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland opened last week, only one of three first individuals to attempt it was successful.

Irvine woman prepares for the swimming challenge of a lifetime

An Irvine woman is taking on one of the most gruelling and iconic swimming challenges later this summer.

Ashleigh Seymour, 36, aims to swim the English Channel to raise money for Safe Passage, a charity that helps child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary in the UK.

Lifelong swimmer Ashleigh plans to take the plunge from Shakespeare Beach and swim the 21 miles to Cap Gris Nez in France next month.

Dutch Olympic champion completes 195-kilometer charity swim

On one of the hottest days of the Dutch summer, Olympic long-distance swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden completed a marathon swim Monday along the route of a famous Dutch speedskating race, to raise money for cancer research.

Thousands of participants enjoy Suffolk scorcher at John West Great East Swim

Thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on a variety of challenges in the John West Great East Swim today, set in the picturesque surroundings of Alton Water.This weekend's event was the 11th of its kind in Suffolk, having launched back in 2009 - with more than 22,000 taking part over its decade-long history.

Maarten’s 200 km swimtrip

This time my blog is in English. There is a numerous amount of publicity in Dutch about Maarten van der Weijden’s second try to swim nonstop 200 km, but in English not too much. So I am planning to give updates about this extreme long swimtrip along 11 cities in the Netherlands.

Spectacular swimming at Croatia’s Raslina Swimming Marathon!

The Raslina Swimming Marathon is part of the Croatian Cup and was first held in 2010. Since then it has grown to become one of the biggest and best races in the region.  This year it will be held on July 20, 2019!

The Beginner's Guide to Open-Water Swimming

Build confidence and skill before your first big dip

Thanks to wide-ranging temperatures, murky water, and strong waves, open-water swimming is more thrilling, and physically demanding, than pool swimming. But the same factors that make the outdoor sport such an exciting, intense workout can also make it pretty terrifying, especially for the first-timer. “It’s quite a surreal feeling,” says Jarrod Evans, head coach of the U.S. men’s triathlon team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

How to avoid panicking in open water

Panic attacks are common for outdoor swimmers. Even the most confident pool swimmers can freak out in open water. But why is this and how do you overcome the panic? Keen open water swimmer and coach Rowan Clarke tells us how.

The root of fear

Great North Swim hailed as another huge success

THOUSANDS of swimmers, of all ages and abilities, took to the Lake District to take part in the UK’s biggest open-water swimming event.

The John West Great North Swim, now in its 12th year, was held at Brockhole, near Windermere.

Superman Of The Open Water World At It Again

After swimming 163 km over 55 hours in his native Netherlands last year, 2008 Olympic 10K marathon swim champion Maarten van der Weijden generated over €5 million euros in his 11 city charity swim – called the Elfstedentocht Swim or the Eleven Cities Swim.

‘Dad has never given up ... neither will I’

When Caroline Connor battles the tides as she attempts to swim the English Channel next week, one man will be on her mind ... her dad.

Caroline, 46, an admin assistant and first aider at Peebles High School, has been inspired by her dad Raymond Currie to take on the gruelling 22-mile challenge, rasing funds for Parkinson’s UK and Diabetes UK.

Swimmer to set out on 555km marathon through 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte is set to swim through kilometres of the world's most polluted stretch of water to raise awareness about the overuse of plastics.

Lecomte, from France, will set off from Hawaii on Thursday, local time, to swim 555 kilometres through an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to California.

SaTH nurse bids to swim length of River Severn

After a knee injury left her walking with a stick and needing stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, Shropshire nurse Melissa Compton had no choice but to abandon her love of skiing.

Yet determined to stay fit and indulge her love for the outdoors, Melissa discovered a new passion – open water swimming.

Whatever the weather or the temperature of the water, Melissa can be found swimming outdoors in her swimsuit, even if that means using an ice axe to hack through snow and ice to carefully open up waters in which to safely swim.

Thousands take the plunge in Windermere's Great North Swim

DESPITE the wet and windy conditions, thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on the challenge of the John West Great North Swim.

Open water enthusiasts, aged from eight to over 80 dived into the waters of Windermere to take on distances ranging from a beginners 250 meters all the way up to the gruelling 10km ‘marathon’ swim.

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