609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

Payne pleased with hanging up goggles at right time

Two months on from hanging up her goggles and announcing her retirement from swimming, and two-time World Champion Keri-Anne Payne insists she has no regrets whatsoever.

Whereas life was previously dictated by training routines and regular physio visits, the 29-year-old has stepped firmly away from the pool, with ski trips, a move to London and the simple pleasures of not setting an early alarm for training.

Payne dedicated her life to swimming, representing Great Britain for over 12 years after first making her debut in 2004.

Shakespeare Beach footbridge at Aycliffe, Dover, reopens after Christmas Eve 2015 storm

Channel swimmers can return to their traditional launch base this summer after Aycliffe’s rail footbridge was reopened.

The bridge had been destroyed with the Dover to Folkestone line and sea wall by a storm on Christmas Eve 2015.

The line and sea wall reopened last September and the bridge was formally reopened today.

LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup, 1st leg

Hungary doubles down the titles, Paltrinieri comes 4th

Hungarian swimmers enjoyed an exceptional day in Eilat, in the opening leg of the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup. Kristof Rasovszky won the men’s event while Katalin Somenek came first among the women. Italy’s 1500m Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri just missed the podium in his first ever 10km race.

The opening leg of the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup was highlighted by the ‘sea-debut’ of Gregorio Paltrinieri. In fact, the Italian, who clinched the Olympic, world and European titles in the 1500m free in the past three years, returned to the open water races as he had been a usual participant in this discipline before he turned 17 (and his attention solely to pool competitions).

'I don't want to die in pyjamas, I want to die in my togs' - Elderly Irish sea swimmers star in inspiring video

Three elderly Irish people have opened up about why they love swimming in treacherous waters in an inspiring video.

In the video 'The Invincibles', produced by Dulux Ireland, the Cork swimmers explain the rush they get when they step foot in the open water, even though people may question its safety.

"I enjoy being perceived as an eccentric. [The water is] like a friend who can turn on you for no apparent reason," says Tom McCarthy (63) from Carrigaline.

"Your whole body is tingling, like the blood is rushing through your body like champagne. It's effervescent.

"I don't want to die in my pyjamas. I don't want to die in my boots. I want to die in my togs."

Myrtleville Swimmers Tom Bermingham said it's the biggest adrenaline rush he gets. 

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

Greg Whyte’s Tips For Staying Fit At 50

A century ago you’d be forgiven for thinking you could probably skimp on the exercise once you hit 50. In fact life expectancy for English men didn't squeak above 50 until 1910. Nowadays, however, people live to 80 with NHS-crippling regularity, so it’s a good idea to stay active and healthy when you reach your half-century.

One man who is certainly not slowing down at 50 is Greg Whyte, the former Olympic pentathlete and all-round physical activity expert. In fact, Whyte has stepped it up a notch with his 50at50 challenge, a series of 50 iconic swimming events he’s taking on throughout his 50th year.

Gerald Kirkham competes in 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim

PORT Augusta swimming legend Gerald Kirkham has proven age is just a number, competing in his 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim on Sunday March 19.

Kirkham, who turns 85 in June, is the first swimmer to achieve this milestone, competing in his first swim in 1949.

He is closing in on the same milestone in the Port Augusta and Whyalla Open Water Swims, participating in 58 and 59 events in the respective cities.

Kirkham has previously won the two-kilometre Port Pirie race on two occasions, as well as a first-place finish in Whyalla, second in the Henley to Grange swim and third in the now-defunct five-kilometre Delfin Island race.

Alejandra Broglia unió las dos grandes islas de Malvinas

La nadadora argentina de aguas frías Alejandra Broglia unió a nado las islas Jersey Point, en la Gran Malvina, y Fanning Head, en la isla Soledad.

Veteran swimmer takes home the title

A record 820 participants took the plunge at the penultimate round of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series up in the Bay of Islands last Saturday.

1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games NZ representative and Surf Life Saving Champion, Brent Foster (49yrs) out-swam the young guns to take out the male title, with a time of 41:04 minutes and Stefannie Gillespie was the first female home with a time of 44:04.

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