Summer in Full swing

The Summer is here.   May is nearly over and for many across the country, their open water journeys are just beginning. For others, they have been at it for a few months. Many have been eagerly watching the mercury like a hawk, either for the temperatures of the lakes to climb sufficiently for them to carry out the holy grail of any ultradistance swimmer – the six hour qualifier!…

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Guildford 12 – it’s a wrap.

The start to the season went well. FOR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THE GUILDFORD 12 SWIM RATHER THAN MY PERSONAL EXPEREINCE PLEASE SCROLL TO THE END! It is not often that I am galvinised into writing blogs so close together but after a great day, yes, it was Type 2 Fun (Fun after the event). As it was such a good day and as this is the…

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Roll on the season

Summer is coming………..Sometime!! This weekend swimmers in the UK look forward to getting into the water to do some meaningful distance. The start of the season is nearly upon us and many swimmers across the land are relishing the moment that they can ditch the pool training and get into some open water, after hours of lap work, drill work and partners complaining that they smell of chlorine. Well some…

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Swimming and Tech. Is it worth it?

Moving into the 21st century.   Having finally arrived in the 21st century with my new tech, it got me thinking about the benefits of it? Yes there are many but I am also of the opinion that sometimes too Much is not necessarily better. What follows is by no means scientific or based on any professional findings but more a personal opinion. For years I never ever had any…

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2018 has arrived

What type of year is it going to be? It has been a while since I have written a blog, mainly because I feel that I have nothing to offer anyone but this year is a special one and there are a few events that have gotten me to write this blog. Some that I have been thinking about and others that have recently happened that put life into perspective…

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Zimbabwe

One Extrordinary week. I have held off writing this until the dust has settled a little bit. I do not normally get involved with Politics but this could not go past without at least a passing view. As a member of the vast Diaspora of Zimbabwe who live in far flung countries – away from my family, This is a view of my views over a life changing transition. What…

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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. This year they teamed up with the Outdoor Swimmer magazine to put on a swimming-only…

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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 experience The swim. As the swim is organised by the same group that operate and…

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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 float down the river, we are seduced by the stunning scenery on the banks of…

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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 various swim related challenges and managing a few of my own. I managed to do…

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