[OSS Oxon] Swim the Thames

Chris Dalton seedy at breakingglass.net
Tue Apr 5 20:21:57 BST 2011

I'll be there on Good Friday and will do as many of the swims as I can!



From: ossoxon-bounces at earth.li [mailto:ossoxon-bounces at earth.li] On Behalf
Of Jeremy Wellingham
Sent: 04 April 2011 23:12
To: ossoxon at earth.li; ossrats at earth.li
Subject: [OSS Oxon] Swim the Thames


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

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

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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