Kenwood (but can’t, go to the) Ladies’ Pond

This is only my second ever trip to the Ladies’ Pond at Hampstead Heath. The first time was over a year ago in March to try to prep for the Great North Swim 3k. This time it was for a much more leisurely swim, all in aid of Macmillan and to get ready for the not so leisurely #GreatScottishSwim2018 10K. Please help raise money by donating here! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the donations so far.

I can totally recommend the Ladies’ Pond if you want to get close to nature, have plenty of open space and not have to walk in a load of sludge to get in and out.

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#GreatScottishSwim training: Beautiful Barca

This is obviously going to be one of my favourite posts. I am extremely far behind with writing these. This is my first post about swimming in the sea and it’s in one of my favourite places in the world, Barcelona. I can’t say that a huge amount of ‘training’ towards the #GreatScottishSwim in Loch Lomond 10k happened (please remember this is all in aid of Macmillan and you can sponsor me here), but it was an amazing few days and I managed about 5 swims in that time.

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Training for 10k, Great Scot!

I thought I’d start writing again, as the swimming journey goes to new lengths with the 10k Great Scottish swim in Loch Lomond in August. This means loads more outdoor swimming and adventuring to different lakes, reservoirs, rivers and even seas over the next 4 months. Please remember that this is all to raise money for Macmillan and you can donate here:

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5k All Out Swim

This is what it’s all been building up to. To have 50 swimming experiences written about, and 5000m of swimming in a freezing cold lido in October. To raise money for Macmillan. To try to beat my boss. This was a brilliant day and I would recommend everyone to do one of these swims, no matter what your ability is and what distance you decide.

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Weary Wavelengths

Deptford Wavelengths does bring back a lot of memories as I used to live and work in New Cross. I think the most poignant having been about 7 years ago, mid-swim in mid-Winter, when the fire alarm went off and were marched along the slush-filled streets in nothing but our cossies and a foil blanket (weirdly, we were allowed to rush and get shoes from lockers, but that was it). So many questions about how to get set on fire in a pool…reasonably happy to say that today was much less eventful.  

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Racing it Royally 

London Royal Docks a stunning place for a sunny morning swim. The water was gorgeous and the people who run it are really encouraging. There is a lot of faff to get involved, but well worth it. Just remember that opening times on websites are never really true.

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