Great London Swim (aka “what on earth have I signed up for?”)

Joanne was somewhat cajoled into a swim by me (Manda) in 2011. Here is her account of how the Great London Swim was for her as a non goggle wearing pool swimmer, breast stroker and pretty much novice. Chapeau Joanne, Chapeau!  So I have always been a bit of a water baby, in the sense... Continue Reading →


Olympic distance triathlon July 2014

Kate and I (Katie) have done a couple of sprint triathlons in the past and we had always talked about doing it properly and trying to do an Olympic distance race. After much chat we finally signed up for one at Dorney Lake in July 2014.Having signed up we the proceed to do very little training... Continue Reading →

SLSC Tooting Bec Aquathlons

Every year Manda and I get very excited about the SLSC Tooting Bec Aquathlons.....and then we remember that we can't run! The race consists of 1k swim (11 lengths of the Lido) and then a 7.5k run (3 laps around Tooting Common). Now that is a very long run for two little swimmers. There are four races... Continue Reading →

The day we swum 100×100

How we attacked it and how it attacked us.Myself and Katie decided to do 100x100 in preparation for our 10k swim that we were doing in May 2012. I tried to do an email search to find out whose stupid idea it was, so I could blame Katie, but alas I couldn’t find any emails. However, somewhere... Continue Reading →

Mencap mile – where it all began

This is the tale of the first open water race Manda and I swam in together. We first met at a Monday night training session at Market Sports with the wonderful Keeley of Swim for Tri. We were both recently returned to swimming after long absences. I hadn't swim properly for 7 years and Manda hadn't... Continue Reading →

Aspire Channel Relay 2014

Guest Blog here from Kate, who is one of the super Mermaids who swam around Manhattan with us.  She features regularly on the blog, as is often accompanying/ring leading mermaid adventures.  Hopefully she will be doing more blogs in the future...until then here is her great account of her channel relay for Aspire I feel... Continue Reading →

Slovenia with Strel Swimming 2013

At SwimFest (Openwater swim races run by the lovely brother and sister duo of Dan and Keeley Bullock at SwimForTri) in 2012 I (Manda) won a trip to Slovenia with Strel Swimming at the raffle that they held for all competitors. My first thought was who could I rope into coming along with me…..I managed to... Continue Reading →

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