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To mark turning 40 I have set myself the challenge of doing 40 new and amazing things this year. One of those things will be the Bantham Swoosh, a 6km swim in the River Avon from the village of Aveton Gifford to Bantham Beach in July. I'll be raising money for Aveton Gifford Community Pool.
New and amazing? Yes! I've done a couple of open water events before but over much shorter distances. I've had the ambition for a couple of years to do a longer swim somewhere beautiful, and this is the year that I will stop talking about it and actually do it! Swimming the Swoosh also gives me a reason to sort out my dodgy swimming technique and another new and amazing thing I have been enjoying is regular training sessions with my lovely local swimming club.
By supporting me to raise funds for Aveton Gifford Community Pool, we will help the pool to stay afloat (see what I did there) and ensure that children and families in the village can continue to swim there. This year the pool are hoping we can raise enough to buy a new winter cover (which costs around £2000) as well as replace the plastic treads on the pool steps and contributing to the fund for a new pool liner.
Thanks in advance for all your support. Swimming 6km is a big challenge for me - 35 years ago I was the child that failed their 5m badge - but one that I am really looking forward to. We're supporting a great cause so dig deep and let's ensure that Aveton Gifford Community Pool continues to thrive for generations of villagers to come.
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Vicky Smith4 days ago
Thanks everyone for your support so far! Including offline donations we are now up to £267 so we’re over the halfway mark which is great news! Despite the terrible weather my training has been going pretty well and the other week I hit the 5km milestone. I’ve been doing lots of outdoor practice at the excellently named Royal Victoria docks and even a few swims in the Thames at Chiswick so hopefully this will stand me in good stead for those chilly Devon waters! Here is a geeky training photo to enjoy taken on my actual birthday in March.
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Jun 18, 2019
Best of luck Vicky!
Jun 14, 2019
Good luck Vicky! 6km is so impressive!!!!
Jun 11, 2019
So exciting! Hope the swim is great.
Jun 5, 2019
Looking forward to a victorious pasty. X
Jun 5, 2019
Jun 5, 2019
Enjoy the swim
Apr 19, 2019
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