Open swimming in Rutland Water

Mary Hardwick and Gail Warner, who are setting up open water swimming events at Rutland Water''Photo: Will Kirstein
Mary Hardwick and Gail Warner, who are setting up open water swimming events at Rutland Water''Photo: Will Kirstein
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OPEN Water swimming will become a regular event at Rutland Water thanks to endurance athletes Mary Hardwick and Gail Warner.

The pair, who compete for Rutland Running and Triathlon Club, and who coach endurance athletes through inspire2tri, have teamed up with Anglian Water to begin regular swims in the reservoir.

Mary said: “This is a huge step forward for Rutland as the only swimming available until now has been the two triathlon events in June and September.

“The aim is to provide a venue for triathletes to swim in open water and to introduce people who are new to open water swimming.”

Mary added: “We will be offering a limited number of event swims in 2012 including a charity swim and taster days for both children and adults belonging to swimming and triathlon clubs and societies.”

The first swim (500m) takes place on July 14 followed by two days of swimming for all ages on August 18 and 19. For details visit www.inspire2tri.com.