Great Swim Kicks Off In The East

Great Swim Kicks Off In The East

Olympians will join 3,000 swimmers in the kick-off swim of the Great Swim series, the British Gas Great East Swim in Alton Water reservoir.

Colin Hill reports, “The event has doubled in size since it was first staged in 2009, proving that outdoor swimming is the next great challenge.”

Defending champion Tom Allen, one of Great Britain’s most promising open water swimmers, will face three-times Olympian Peter Stoychev of Bulgaria and a pair of Australian pros, world 25K champion Brendan Capell and Olympian Ky Hurst. After the Great East Swim, Ky is going to pace Brendan along for what they hope will be a record-setting English Channel swim.

On the women’s side, the field is stacked with world-class talent as world 10K champion Keri-anne Payne, Olympic bronze medalst Cassie Patten and British Gas Great London Swim champion Katy Whitfield are taking part.

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