SLSC 110 Lengths Challenge 2017

The 110 lengths challenge held this year on 30 September 2017 is the closing party for the summer swimming season, celebrating a great summer at the lido and another year in the lido’s history.   Tooting Bec lido opened in 1906 and in previous years the challenge has been to swim one length for every year... Continue Reading →

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Midsummer Relay 2017

Every year SLSC put on public events over the summer at Tooting Bec Lido.  We have previously taken part in their aquathlon series but this year as I (Manda) am not fully back running yet, I thought it would be nice to take part in the Mid-Summer Relay. The event takes place at 8pm on... Continue Reading →

A Mermaid’s Christmas Wish List 2016

Last year we had a great response to our wish list so we thought we would do another one for 2016... It is also serves as a massive hint to our husbands! Day 1 - Stocking Fillers/Gift wrapping The perfect wrapping paper for any swimmer's gifts is Nancy Farmer's.  Beautifully constructed swimmers give the illusion of snowflakes... Continue Reading →

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 →

SLSC 1 mile race – July 2016

So something like this wouldn't normally warrant a blog but sometimes the smallest achievements are worth the biggest noise. The SLSC 1 mile Sunday morning race! Every Sunday (even in winter), SLSC hold a Sunday morning race over a range of distances from 1 width to the longest race 1 mile. Team Mermaids try and... Continue Reading →

Great North Swim 10k 2016

Fiona did the Great North swim in Windermere this year and seeing as we have never done the 'North' event of the Great Swim series we asked her to write us a guest blog. ps cheery bakewell cocktails... Yum or Yuk? I’m writing this from the heavenly super king size bed in our guest house... Continue Reading →

The pregnancy swim diary

Being pregnant presented some interesting challenges to my (Manda) swimming training, however, I was able to continue to swim right until 40 weeks.  This was all made possible by lots of lovely people, mainly Katie, who continued to swim with me despite my speed and endurance not being what it once was.  It also helped... Continue Reading →

A Mermaid’s Christmas wish list

The festive season is fast upon us and if any mermaids are looking for ideas of what to ask Santa for, we have done some research for you! Gift ideas get more expensive as the days of Christmas progress! First day of Christmas: A nice little stocking filler that brightens up any outfit, bag or hat.... Continue Reading →

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