[OSS Oxon] Weekend Morning Thames swims

NEIL RICHARDSON neilbkrichardson at btinternet.com
Mon Aug 2 22:41:04 BST 2010

Dear All,
I've had several positive responses to my suggestion for early morning weekend Thames swims during August, but no suggestions as to where. I suggested Radcot as a possibility but I'm relatively new to river swimming myself and others may know better!. I don't know where most respondents are based so can't take that into account!
How about next Saturday 7th a.m, meet at Radcot bridge at 0800 hours? I did a little recce on foot there last Saturday, my idea is to walk upstream towards Grafton Lock, get in at a suitable place and swim back to Radcot bridge, or further downstream past the campsite where getting out might be easier. We can decide that finally on the day. I think something on your feet might be useful for walking up towards Grafton Lock. If necessary, I will forego the swim myself to carry people's kit back. River traffic built up rapidly last Sat. after 10.00 hrs so an early start would be best.
We can meet and park would be the Swan Hotel overflow car park by the campsite on the island east of the road, access is between the two traffic signal-controlled bridges.  
Some people have suggested they can't make the 7th but can do the  21st or 22nd.  What about another group swim somewhere else (downstream of Oxford?) on the 21st, at a similar time of day to avoid the river traffic?. Perhaps someone who is interested and has better local knowledge would like to suggest a place? 
Hope to see some of you on the 7th. If so perhaps you would let me know.
Neil Richardson
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