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3 of the toughest swimming challenges in the UK

Are you a swimmer who pushes themselves and enjoys a challenge? Here are 3 of the toughest swims in the UK that’ll really get your blood pumping.

24-hour swim – June 22nd & 23rd 2019

The 24-hour swim is one of the toughest swimming challenges around and definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted. This trying event takes place in Loch Venechar in Central Scotland and involves you swimming a mile in the loch every hour – for a whole day.

It’s a bittersweet situation, as the quicker you are to complete the mile, the longer you’re able to rest and eat. However, push yourself too hard and every hour is going to feel worse and worse.

This is definitely a swim for those with great stamina and are looking for something different. The total distance swam will be greater than the English Channel!

The Thames Marathon – August 4th 2019

When you think of the Thames, you don’t consider it to be an ideal swimming location. However, upstream from the stretch of river that runs from London the river is fresh and free from pollution, ideal for a swimming marathon!

The Thames Marathon involves entrants swimming 14km from Henley on Thames to Marlow.

The Hurly Burly – September 28th 2019

Looking for a picturesque and slightly more laidback swim? The Hurly Burly could be perfect for you. Set in North Wales, the swim begins on Barmouth beach and finishes in Penmaenpool.

This is a 10-kilometre race which goes by relatively quick thanks to the spring tide lending a helping hand. The event also offers a run-swim so you can do both if you really want to.