Nene Swim - Woodford to Castor.

Sun, 30th May 2021 - 1:06 p.m.

For the last few years, we have swam 30-miles of the River Nene from Woodford to Castor, in 15 bite-sized chunks of roughly 2-miles, each Thursday night. This has involved meeting up at the finish and taking a few cars to the start, which we then pick up after the swim. The logistics involved sharing cars, which isn't practical at the moment.

If we are to finish at Castor on Thursday 2nd September, we need to make a start, but in a slightly different format. Sorry about the short notice, but we need to crack on with this Nene Swim.

The proposal is to meet at the same venues but swim out (¾ mile) against the current and back with the current. Each swim will be approximately 1.5 miles, until we are allowed to car-share again.

The first swim is at Woodford on Monday - YES TOMORROW. We will meet and park in The Moorings, which is just off Church Street in Woodford NN14 4HN for 6:00pm. NOTE this is a new meeting place. The swim is here https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4407422740 Meeting at 6:00pm should avoid any boat traffic, but you still need to be vigilant, wear a brightly coloured hat, and stay together. Everyone is welcome. The faster swimmers either wait every now and again, or swim back.

If you are new to this and want to get an idea, have a look at previous years' Forums, e.g. http://pactrac.co.uk/forums/topic/490. Please note that this is not an official club swim and everyone participates at their own risk, being jointly responsible for everyone else. You will need to sign in and out so that we know who is there, and a summary of the main risks is on the back of the form.

Hopefully, see a few there tomorrow night. There will be cups of tea ready for when we finish.

p.s. On Thursday we will meet at Meadow Lane, Denford, NN14 4EH this time at 6:30pm. https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4407438487

Tue, 1st Jun 2021 - 5:43 p.m.

9 swimmers at Woodford last night plus 1 kayak support and tea for afters. Thanks Scott and Sue, and thanks to Martin for the flapjack and video shots.

On Thursday 3rd June we will meet at Meadow Lane, Denford, NN14 4EH this time at 6:30pm. https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4407438487

Again we will be swimming 3/4 mile up-stream before returning to the start point with the current behind us.

Thu, 3rd Jun 2021 - 4:06 p.m.

Nene Swim 6:30pm tonight at Denford.
We will swim out (¾ mile) against the current and back with the current, so approximately 1.5 miles, to the bridge and back, although you can turn back at any point.
Please be vigilant, wear a brightly coloured hat, and stay together. Everyone is welcome. The faster swimmers either wait every now and again, or swim back.
We will meet at Meadow Lane, Denford, NN14 4EH by the car garage for 6:30pm.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4407438487?fbclid=IwAR3lyv8_W_eeLUVteXltroz1vqdwVAnHAehEI3K3yc87REjC1TuiG6kiaII

Mon, 7th Jun 2021 - 5:33 p.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 10th June at Thrapston.
We will swim out (¾ mile) against the current and back with the current, so approximately 1.5 miles, to the A14 bridge and back, although you can turn back at any point.
Please be vigilant, look out for boats, wear a brightly coloured hat, and stay together. Everyone is welcome. The faster swimmers either wait every now and again, or swim back. If you're not sure about the distance / pace, why not "buddy-up" with someone in advance.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4415980726

We will meet at Thrapston for 6:30pm. Park in the car park, on the way to the Middle Nene Sailing Club NN14 4LU. The address is Meadow Lane, which you will approach either from De Vere Road (if coming from the north) or Chancery Lane (if coming from the south, east or west).

Meadow Lane starts at the Thrapston sports club by Green Lane. At the sports club playing fields, take a left into the wooded dirt road (this is Meadow Lane) and follow it until you get to a car park on the right.

 
Mon, 14th Jun 2021 - 1:27 p.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 17th June at Thorpe Waterville.
We will swim out (¾ mile) against the current and back with the current, so approximately 1.5 miles, to the bridge and back, although you can turn back at any point.

We will need to get out (and in again) at Titchmarsh Lock (950 metres), which is next to the Marina, so look out for boats, which are also moored at the sides of the river.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4434900139

Meet at the Nene bridge just West of Thorpe Waterville. Coming from Oundle on the A605, take a right at The Fox Inn in Thorpe Waterville, then follow the signs to Aldwincle, taking a left at the fork in the road. We will get in at the second bridge. There are 1 or 2 spaces on the right and two more on the left. If this is full, there are further spaces beyond the bridge (or you could park on a verge in or near Thorpe).