[OSS Oxon] [OSS RATS] Swim the Thames

Nick Toeman nicktoeman at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 10:49:55 BST 2011

Great idea. I'll join you when I can but I know I can't make Easter Friday.
I look forward to reading the reports of the swims I can't get to.

On 4 April 2011 23:12, Jeremy Wellingham <jeremy at wellingham.com> wrote:

>   *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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> plans you make are your own responsibility.
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