SLSC 110 length anniversary challenge

Each year SLSC hold the anniversary challenge to celebrate the lido’s history. Participants swim one length for every year the lido has been open.  The lido opened in 1906 so those who are good at maths will work out that this year this was 110 lengths. At 100 yards a length this is just over... Continue Reading →

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All out swim at Pells Pool

I (Manda) have swum in Pells Pool in Lewes for the last 2 years and this year it didn't look like I was going to get my annual dip in but then Paul Bates of Big Rick's swim team and massive supporter of Macmillan Cancer care posted something about the 'all out swim' taking place... Continue Reading →

Henley Mile – Skins vs. suits 2016

The question is age old – how much difference does wearing a wetsuit make?   It is almost impossible to answer that question.  Races, courses, water flow, how you feel on the day are all different.  The closest you are ever going to get to answer the question however is doing the same swim twice... Continue Reading →

HELP! Winter River Challenge

The 1st of April will signify that we have 30 days of the Winter River Challenge to go and we already know that we aren't going to make it by this date, despite a last minute surge by some of the team (thanks Hilary!). "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your metres" We have asked friends and family... Continue Reading →

Why we love parkrun

Now Team Mermaids are swimmers which means that we are pretty rubbish at running but we do absolutely love parkrun. Parkrun is an organisation which operates 5km runs usually at 9am on Saturday in parks and commons literally ALL OVER THE WORLD. What's more the runs are FREE to enter! All you have to do... Continue Reading →

Crewing for the Channel

On Friday 14th August I got a text from Team Mermaids’ friend, Lisa Williams, saying that her Channel swim that was planned for the 1st week of September had been brought forward to start on Monday at 00:30. I knew this presented a problem as one of her crew members was Brian and he was... Continue Reading →

Kings Cross Pond Club

I (Manda) somehow managed to persuade/bully a few work colleagues and fellow merm Kate into meeting me at Kings Cross one Friday morning with a lovely invite that said something like 'start the weekend early with a Friday pre work dip followed by coffee and pastries'. Ok, I didn't mention to the colleagues the water... Continue Reading →

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