Hever castle 5km

Hever castle 5km
Hever castle 5km

First open water swim at Hever castle This weekend took me to Hever Castle. Nestled in the glorious countryside of Kent (known as the Garden of Britain – A name well earned), it has been host to the Hever Castle Triathlon for 9 years and is a weekend event with disciplines for all the family. […]

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Inaugural Long Reach swim

Inaugural Long Reach swim
Inaugural Long Reach swim

Jewel in the Country Rather than bother everyone with my personal experiences, I will separate this blog into two sections. As this is the first time that this swim has been done, I feel a part dedicated to the swim would be useful. Then, if you are not bored, you can read about my personal […]

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Switching distances

Switching distances
Switching distances

Thames Marathon weekend. Well, the weekend has come and gone and on Sunday I took part in the 14km Thames marathon. It was an idyllic little swim down the Thames from Henley-upon-Thames to Marlow, taking in the beautiful scenery, starting in the county of Oxfordshire and finishing in the county of Buckinghamshire. As we swimmers […]

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It has been a while.

It has been a while.
It has been a while.

Back to reality before the summer disappears.   Time has marched on pretty swiftly over the last couple of weeks and LOTS has happened in my life, not a lot of swimming but a lot has gone on. Since the summer started in the northern hemisphere, I have been eagerly and jealously following people on […]

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Jubilee River is Calling.

Jubilee River is Calling.
Jubilee River is Calling.

The call of the River again!!   We are now just under a month away from my next little challenge – OH BUGGER! That means we are just over a month away from the Hippo Hitchup. Where, the Slimhippo will hopefully NOT turn into the runaway bride and agree to be my wife. Best I […]

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2Swim4Life 2017

2Swim4Life 2017
2Swim4Life 2017

A different way to spent 24 hours On so many levels this was a truly enlightening and inspiring swim for swimmer and support folk alike! Going back a while, I noticed the entries to this event had opened and I was discussing doing it as a solo affair. Life got in the way, I was […]

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Over-training! Physical or mental?

Over-training! Physical or mental?
Over-training! Physical or mental?

Over-training and the pitfalls of it with regards to Endurance events Recently and in the distant past I have come across a fair few English, and other Channel aspirants who, coming up to their year of opportunity to gain the coveted title of being a Channel swimmer, are getting very despondent with their efforts to […]

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1st challenge down

1st challenge down
1st challenge down

It has been an interesting start to the year and this year, I did things a bit differently and booked a challenge very early on in the year. Yes, I opted to swim at PHISH this year – in the endurance event. Ingredients needed for this: 1- 1 x 61 m pool with a steel […]

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Cold water Wallowing

Cold water Wallowing
Cold water Wallowing

Coldest dip yet! An interesting week with a bit of swimming done, not as much as I would have liked but good all the same. Slowly eating away at my 430 km target for the year – now only 422 to go before the 1st December. So on a grey morning in West London, 5 […]

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