We've had an email about a new event in London, which sounds like a lot of fun. It's billed as:
"10 miles of running and as much of a swim as you fancy on a journey from Hampstead's ponds via Parliament Hill Lido and The Serpentine to Tooting Lido."
To sign up, please go to http://www.theswimmer.org
The first one is on the 13th October and ... doing my best copy and pasting .... the info is below:
A suggested route is here but you can make your own way from swim to swim. It's a bit of urban orienteering with swimming.
The swims are 4 of London's finest pools and the run takes in Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Regent's Park, Hyde Park, Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Tooting Common. So, that's 5 or 6 of London's best parks as well.
It's an early start as we have to reach the Serpentine by 9.15am.
Meet at 7.15am at Hampstead Tube (Northern Line) and jog down to the Hampstead mixed Pond (10 minutes) for a 7.30am swim.
Finish, around 2-3 hours later at the Tooting Bec Lido depending on how fast you go and how many stops you have.
What to wear and kit
You travel with your own kit so best to keep it fairly minimal and leave the wetsuit at home.
Free to enter but you do have to pay for your swims which are:
£2 at Hampstead's ponds
£2 at Parliament Hill
Free for the first swim at Serpentine and Tooting as member guests; this is why numbers are limited to 20 at the moment.
The event organisers have said that it will be possible to transport a small number of wetsuits as they have a support vehicle.
We are also talking to them about a November event, which would finish at Brockwell Lido.
Looks like fun but don't fancy leaving my wetsuit at home, bit cold at the moment!
That sounds brilliant but unfortunately I can't make the 13th Oct - hopefully I can join in the next one!
Just got some more info from the event organisers ... if you're not up for the full 10 miles, you can cheat and get public transport some of the way ...
The additional info ....
Will here, I'm the organiser of The Swimmer www.theswimmer.org.
Just to echo Helen and Laura - we have got a support car if folks want us to transport wetsuits and kit between swims. And yes, jummping off at any point is emminently forgiveable.
It really is an amazing way to see London and the pools, I did a trial run last friday afternoon and it was great (if a bit tough on the legs).
All the best and hope a few of you fancy a crack at it next week or for the Brockwell finish on Nov 10th.
All the best