[OSS Oxon] Swim the Thames

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Tue Apr 5 19:53:04 BST 2011

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>     1. Swim the Thames (Jeremy Wellingham)
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>      /A few of us have decided we want to swim the length of the Thames
>      during the course of the next //year or three./
>      /We will be doing this in small sections, in sequence, using Mike
>      Worthington's book -- 'I Love the Thames' -- as our //guide,
>      starting at the Source of the Thames and working our way //down to
>      Teddington, a distance of around 150 miles. We expect to swim on a
>      Saturday or //Sunday, probably every other week or so. This is *not*
>      an endurance test but more a way to /
>      /experience the complete Thames and hopefully add to our repertoire
>      of swimming locations that we //can come back to in the future. To
>      start with we will be aiming for a swim of a mile or two in the
>      morning or afternoon //but as the weather warms up, and we get the
>      measure of our capabilities, we can adjust the //distance and maybe
>      do some full days combined with a picnic lunch. Later in the summer,
>      we may program weekend swims, camping overnight, //and full moon
>      swims, to make the journey as enjoyable and diverse as possible./
>      /The first section of the Thames is a walk of around 12 miles from
>      The Source near Kemble in //Gloucestershire to Cricklade.  We will
>      do this on Easter Friday -- 22 April - with a picnic lunch.  The
>      next section we expect to //be more of a wade than a swim which we
>      will tackle the following May bank holiday weekend, avoiding the
>      Wedding Friday to cater for Royalists! We will gauge the distance
>      following a recce //at the end of our initial walk./
>      /It may be difficult to make all the swims / walks so you are more
>      than welcome to join us for any //sections that take your fancy
>      or fit your schedule, and if you want to catch up on sections
>      missing from your collection we //hope to record our experiences to
>      provide some hints so you could do them independently. /
>      /We will make up the schedule and logistics as we go along and try
>      to set dates a month or two in advance and post them on the OSS
>      sites as per normal swims./
>      /In order not to overload the e-mail network, we will set up a
>      separate group list for those interested in taking part, or
>      following progress, and also a Facebook group to post stories and
>      pictures on. We will also post swim alerts, as usual, to the OSS
>      Oxon list and to Facebook. /
>      /Let us know if you think you would like to join us  - the more, the
>      merrier - along the beautiful Thames./
>      /Usual OSS terms and conditions apply./
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