Introducing the Winter Challenge 2015/16

Last year during the winter (i.e. indoor) swimming season Team Mermaids and friends challenged ourselves to swim in as many pools in London as possible.  You can read about the challenge and our favourite pools here.

Given how fun last year’s challenge was we have been racking our brains for a challenge for this year and we have finally decided that the 2015/16 Winter Challenge is …..(drum roll)….Swim the Rivers!

Major.rivers.of.England

Between 1 October 2015 and 30 April 2016, Team Mermaids and friends are going to aim to swim in the pool the length of the 10 longest rivers in Britain.  Why did we pick this challenge?  Well this year we wanted to do something more focused on achieving a distance rather than capering all over London visiting pools.  Over the summer we have also done quite a few longer distance river swims (Jubilee, Bridge to Bridge and Dart) and have really enjoyed them so we wanted to re-create that indoors over the winter.  Shame we don’t get the benefit of the current in the pool.

The 10 longest rivers and their distances are as follows:

Rank River Length (km)
1 River Severn 354
2 River Thames 346
3 River Trent 297
4 River Great Ouse 230
5 River Wye 215
6 River Ure/River Ouse, Yorkshire 208
7 River Tay 188
8 River Clyde 176
9 River Spey 172
10 River Nene 161

The total length of these rivers is 2,347km.  With 7 people and 7 months this equates to each of us swimming 48km a month – eeeeek.

We will be providing regular updates on the blog to let you know how we are getting on – wish us luck!

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