[OSS Oxon] Cheating Thames swimmers

MARY GILL mary631 at btinternet.com
Sat Aug 20 20:40:57 BST 2011

According to my Thames map, 
'Built in 1898, Shifford Lock is the youngest on the Thames. It is located at the eastern end of a tree-lined artificial cut which by-passes the loop of the river with its many tight meanders, now a peaceful backwater, near Duxford. Part of the back-water remains navigable by small craft to Duxford ford, the only surviving purpose-built ford on the river.'
However, I have walked along it from Duxford ford to the lock, and there are a number of trees fallen into the water, so I concluded swimming it would not be a good idea.
See you next week. I can only do Sunday. At this rate I'm going to have to do a lot of catching up swims, However, I am really enjoying those bits I'm able to do.

--- On Sat, 20/8/11, Colin Palmer <colin.palmer at talktalk.net> wrote:

From: Colin Palmer <colin.palmer at talktalk.net>
Subject: Re: [OSS Oxon] Cheating Thames swimmers
To: "'Pam Jones'" <pamjones at btinternet.com>, ossoxon at earth.li
Date: Saturday, 20 August, 2011, 14:15


From: ossoxon-bounces at earth.li [mailto:ossoxon-bounces at earth.li] On Behalf Of Pam Jones
Sent: 20 August 2011 14:10
To: ossoxon at earth.li
Subject: [OSS Oxon] Cheating Thames swimmers
I have been examining the map of the Thames minutely and have realised that, by going left to Shifford Lock at the end of Swim 9 where it usefully signposted Lock, we actually cut off a huge loop of the Thames proper.  Do we really allow little things like avoiding weirs to excuse such morally questionable behaviour?
Pam x
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