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Winter Swimming Competitions

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Winter Swimming Competitions

For those of you interested in entering a winter swim event for the first time there are two winter swimming organisations and numerous events so I thought I’d do a quick list of some events in the UK.   10/11 December 2016  Big Chill Swim Low Wood Bay Marina, Lake Windermere. This is part of the International Winter Swimming Association events programme  (IWSA) This event is usually in Jan/Feb but the Marina is having work done next year so, it’s been brought forward for this season.  It probably won’t be as cold as we’d normally expect...

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Winter Swim Kit

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Winter Swim Kit

Swimming in cold water has proven health benefits including improving the immune system, a natural “high” feeling, improved circulation, burns calories. The Scandinavians have been doing it for years and they’re certainly a healthier bunch than we are! Recreational swimmers can enjoy all the health benefits without having to have a perfect technique.  That said, some of us like to race and some of us like the extreme challenges that the cold water provides. Whichever category you fit into, there are certain do’s and don’t’s that you should...

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The Seasons are Changing

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The Seasons are Changing

This week is our last Tuesday swim of the season and the last swim before our End of Summer Splash event on 1st October. There is no swim next Saturday (24th Sept) due to a sailing event. We hope as many of you as possible can join us for the End of Summer Splash, enter our races and especially take part in the fun 100m relay with inflatables. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR PLACE IN A RACE

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End of Summer Splash, 1st October 2016

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End of Summer Splash, 1st October 2016

As the summer season comes to a close and many YOS members are already planning their Winter training and Ice Mile attempts it is time to celebrate and this year we are proud to announce the first YOS End of Season Splash. There will be races to enter, wetsuits to try and buy from Blueseventy and TFN, pizza from the Sunshine Pizza Oven as well as a members swim session and end of season prizes to be awarded. Agenda 1pm – Open for registration 1.30pm – Under 16s 250m Race (enter here) 2.00pm – 1/2 Mile Race (enter here)...

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Join the YOS Committee

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Join the YOS Committee

The YOS committee needs a number of new members to help take the club forward and develop our activities. If you are interested in being part of this please send an email to info@yorkshireoutdoorswimmers.co.uk

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Hitting the Wall

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Hitting the Wall

Late 2015 I was invited to contribute a piece of theatre to an Open Door night at Birmingham Rep. I’m part of a collection of writers who do this on a regular basis, usually writing to to a theme, In this case the theme was “Walls”. Anything to do with walls. My mind went blank. Walls are very solid,very obstructive, very physical. This didn’t seem to be a good starting point for a play. Then someone mentioned runners “hitting the wall”, and I remembered a friend of a friend called Wayne Soutter, who swam the English Channel, and told me that...

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Wendy’s 12 Hour Swim

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Wendy’s 12 Hour Swim

I signed up for this swim a few months ago thinking it was a good idea. Roughly 1 month prior to the event, I realised it was not such a great idea and it was going to be tough.  12 hours of night swimming in a lake in May.  Open water swimming in May is usually 1 mile every couple of days – not 1 mile per hour all through the night. When it snowed at the end of April I think it safe to say we were all more than a bit concerned about this swim.  Sunday 1st May saw us swimming in 9 degrees.  I have some big swims planned this summer and...

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Splashing about in the Reservoir

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Splashing about in the Reservoir

Pool training is all well and good, especially when you live in the North of England but shockingly most Olympic distance and up races don’t take place in a pool. They’re open water based and in affront to common sense, they aren’t willing to put pool sides to kick off from every 25 or 50 metres. So although my pool training was going well, I realised I needed some proper time in water where I can’t see the bottom.  So how and where do I go about doing that? After a quick google I knew exactly where. Roll on the 16th...

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COMPETITION CALENDAR – 2016

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COMPETITION CALENDAR – 2016

YORKSHIRE OUTDOOR SWIMMERS – EXTERNAL COMPETITION CALENDAR 2016 We have put together a few external dates/events that we would love YOS swimmers to bring home some gold from, if you would like to represent YOS either as a team or individually please let Wendy know.   5th June – BLDSA Wykeham lake Nr Scarborough BLDSA membership is required either day membership for the event or annual membership. Entry via BLDSA website/entry central 5km senior, 2 miles Junior/Senior freestyle or breaststroke Novice 1 km freestyle wetsuit or...

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Andrea’s Ice Mile Experience

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Andrea’s Ice Mile Experience

I first heard of the Ice mile in the winter of 2013 when I was training for my first Chill swim 450m event. I had started winter swimming that year as a new challenge following my second 10k swim. Naively I had thought I could do cold water swimming as I could tolerate colder temperatures than most other people I knew. While putting myself through the discomfort of the training and recovery of my first winter of swimming I thought the prospect of doing an ice mile to be impossible for me. My first chill swim went well (I placed second in my...

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