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

Contest win 'a godsend' for Lakes firm

WINNING £10,000 worth of advertising was “a godsend” for an Ambleside outdoor business which was hit by the floods in 2015.

Swim the Lakes, which offers open water swimming experiences in the Cumbrian lakes, had felt the impact of the floods so owner Peter Kelly decided to enter CN Group’s Business Boost competition last year.

He said it was one of the best decisions he had made as the business was chosen as one of the winners of a £10,000 advertising package and mentoring programme.

Groom says I do...to a bitterly cold river swim before he ties the knot

It might not be the most usual way of stopping pre-wedding nerves, but for one groom, a bitterly-cold open-water swim proved just the tonic. Richard Canterbury, from York, wanted to do something to take his mind off the pressures of the big day, so just hours before he tied the knot at Alnwick Treehouse, he decided to take the plunge in the North Sea and the River Aln.

Wanaka's Big Ruby swim record falls to Christchurch's Dan Abel

Christchurch marathon swimmer Dan Abel smashed The Big Ruby swim record in Wanaka on Saturday, charging around the picturesque 3.8km course in 49:45.

The previous record of 51:39 minutes was set by Wanaka's Mark Cockroft, last year.

Abel, a swim coach and open water swim tour leader, was one of 307 swimmers who took to the water over a range of distances.

Make a splash and enjoy open water swimming

A dose of 'vitamin sea'

ON cold winter weekend mornings, if you look out past the Crow Stone monument on Chalkwell Beach, you will see a band of hardy swimmers heading out to sea.

Whereas most people wrap up warm to brace the cold days, open water swimmers, like the Chalkwell Redcaps, get into the sea when water temperatures can be as low as two degrees wearing just a wetsuit.

Or if you are like endurance swimmer Jane Bell, just a swimming costume.

Aussie 10k Women’s Champ Chelsea Gubecka “More Excited For My Sister”

Olympian Jarrod Poort was the first place Australian in the men’s open water 10k race on day 1 of the 2017 Australian National Open Water Championships, while a pair of sisters made the cut on the women’s side. 18-year-old Chelsea Gubecka outright won the women’s 10k event, while 14-year-old sister Chloe touched in 3rd. The top 4 finishers on both the men’s and women’s sides in the 10k move on to compete at the Abu Dhabi World Cup in the hopes of claiming a stop on the Aussie World Championships roster.

Virginia Beach man to swim the English Channel in 2018

Competitive swimmer and Chic’s Beach local Anders Jakobsson said he thinks everyone should know how to swim.

This sentiment makes sense, coming from someone who swam about 17 miles for almost 12 hours across the Chesapeake bay from the Eastern Shore to Chesapeake Beach in 2014.

“It’s never too late to learn how to swim,” Jakobsson said.

Jack McLoughlin and Kiah Melverton qualify for open water swimming championships in Budapest

RIO Olympian Jack McLoughlin and world short course bronze medallist Kiah Melverton on Sunday proved their potential out of the pool by winning the 5km time trials at the open water national championships.

Stiff competition for Ho

Johannesburg - Earning a record eighth Midmar Mile title has just got a bit tougher for Chad Ho as he goes up against a defending Olympic Open Water gold medallist and a former 10km world champion.

Midmar race director Wayne Ridden, pictured, yesterday revealed that the men’s competition would have more international swimmers who will be looking to break Ho’s stranglehold on the world’s largest open water swim.

Olympic open water champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands will be making his Midmar debut this year while 2005 world champion Chip Peterson is also set to line up against Ho.

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

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