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Cassie Patten Sends Best Wishes all 2014 Great North Swim Competitors

Cassie Patten

Cassie Patten

Cassie Patten became a household name in open water swimming when she won bronze at the 2008 Bejing Olympics.

Just a short time after this victory she went on to take first place at the inaugural Great North Swim in September 2008 hosted at Low Wood Bay, beating her friend and rival Kerri Anne Payne.

With just ten days left until the competitors take to the water for the 2014 Great North Swim, Cassie gives us a few tips and sends her best wishes to each swimmer, whatever their goal.

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10 Open Water Swimming Tips ahead of the Great North Swim

Low Wood Bay, on the shores of Lake Windermere is the home of open water swimming. The Lake District Hotel has hosted The Great North Swim, the UK’s biggest open water swimming event, since 2008 and the The Big Chill Swim, possibly the UK’s coldest winter open water swim event, since 2012 – the water temperature was 5 degrees this year!

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Winter Open Water Swimming – remind me why this was a good idea?

Low Wood Bay has hosted many open water swim events from its enviable lakeside location in the Lake District. Events include the Great North Swim – an open water summer swim in the great outdoors, or for those brave enough to tackle the cold, The Chill Swim which recently attracted 570 brave souls in 2014. We have also cheered on Davina McCall as she completed the open water section of her Beyond Breaking Point Sport Relief challenge.

As a result, open-water fever has gripped a number of English Lakes employees who have taken to the water as a personal challenge including David Neale, English Lakes Commercial Director.

The joys of open water swimming

Ian Woods and David Neale

Ian Woods and David Neale

I discovered the joys of open water swimming about 3 years ago as I took on the challenge of the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere. Continue reading

Countdown to the Great North Swim 2013 – Meet the Elite

The countdown has started for the largest European open water swimming event when 10,000 people will be taking to the waters of Lake Windermere during the Great North Swim between 14th and 16th June. The Great North Swim is the flagship event in Great Swim Series and in four years has grown from 3,000 swimmers in one day to around 10,000 swimmers taking part over three days.

The Great North Swim in Windermere

The Great North Swim in Windermere

Some of the world’s best open water swimmers have  said that the Great North Swim in Windermere ranked among their favourite races worldwide. Now there’s an opportunity for us mere mortals to meet the elite on the lawns of Low Wood Bay in the informal setting of a barbeque with entertainment from Burneside Brass Band.  The event will take place on Friday 14th June from 6:30pm. Continue reading

Great North Swim Q&A with Vicky at the Low Wood Club

Great North Swim at Low Wood Bay

Open water swimming events are happening thick and fast, all over Cumbria. Not to mention the Great North Swim right on our doorstep at Low Wood Bay. Vicky Stainton, Gym Instructor at Low Wood Club will be taking part in the swim this weekend. We asked here how she has been preparing for the open water swim…

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Open Water Swimming Tips for the Great North Swim

The following blog is written by Sandra Gibson, Leisure Clubs Manager at English Lakes.

The week is drawing near and we are nearly there for the Great North Swim. Marquees are appearing – walk-ways are been laid and the sun is out, but I am not sure for how long. Anyway, you’re going to get wet!

The Great North Swim is the biggest swimming event ever to be staged in Britain with 10,000 participants. Hosted at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina

I have lived in the lakes all my life and part of growing up was the summer holidays swimming in the local river and yes, the odd dip in the lake.

I have just been reading a fairly interesting article put together by an experience outdoor swimmer ‘John Flanagan’ so I thought I would share a few of his tips.

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Great North Swim: Did I Really Sign Up For This?

Did I really sign up for this? I should have retired in glory after my one and only previous participation in the Great North Swim last year.

The Great North Swim is the biggest swimming event ever to be staged in Britain with 10,000 participants. Hosted at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina

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