Nene Swim - Woodford to Castor.

Mon, 30th May 2022 - 9:49 p.m.

Hello PACTRACers.

For the last few years, we have swam in the River Nene from Woodford to Castor, on Thursday nights.

The proposal is to meet at a different venue along the Nene each week, swimming out (¾ mile) against the current and back with the current. Each swim will be approximately 1.5 miles

The first swim is at Woodford on Thursday. We will meet and park in The Moorings, which is just off Church Street in Woodford NN14 4HN for 6:30pm. NOTE this is where we met last year. The swim is here https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4407422740 Meeting at 6:30pm 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. Swimmers can, if they wish, turn back early in pairs, and meet back at the finish.

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/833. 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.

Finally: It is important that everyone is aware that there are some risks associated to river swimming; that everyone is primarily responsible for their own safety (not Pactrac or any other individual); but that we also look out for each other. The key risk is getting hit by boats - this is why it is important to stay in groups, wear colourful caps and look up/wait to regroup, regularly. Other risks are stomach upsets (so don't swallow the water!) and trips&slips around the structures. And of course, encounters with wildlife, especially swans and turtles... We've not had any serious incidents, but need to raise awareness again so that we can keep it that way. There is a Risk Assessment which you can find via this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByEw-8T01JgedXJ0c2pCb0d2M0E/edit?usp=sharing. If you come along on the swim, you will have signed in with a copy of the RA on the back.

Martin T put a great video together of our Woodford swim last year https://www.facebook.com/martin.thorpe.397/videos/4062957400464118

Hopefully, we'll see a few there on Thursday night. We are meeting in Woodford and there will be cups of tea / coffee and some snacks ready for when we finish, courtesy of Scott and Sue.

Mon, 6th Jun 2022 - 9:41 p.m.

We had 15 swimmers at Woodford last Thursday night, as well as people on the bank counting us all back in. Thanks to Sue and Martin for the refreshments.

This Thursday 9th June we will meet at Meadow Lane, Denford, NN14 4EH by the car garage at 6:30pm. See the route here 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, 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.

Wed, 15th Jun 2022 - 11:08 a.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 16th 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.

Fri, 17th Jun 2022 - 7:16 a.m.

Next week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 23rd 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).

Tue, 28th Jun 2022 - 7:53 a.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 30th June at Wadenhoe.
We will swim out (¾ mile) against the current and back with the current, so approximately 1.5 miles, to where the trees finish on our right and the river bends 90 degrees to the left, although you can turn back at any point. There are no locks tonight, just the weir on your left soon after the start.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4443100234

We get in at the back of the Village Hall Car Park, which is at the end of Church Street, just past The Kings Head pub PE8 5ST. Parking is difficult and you may find some street parking a little further back into the village. The VH car park is chargeable and has Number Plate Recognition Cameras. You can park in there, but will need an APP from Ringgo https://www.myringgo.co.uk/apps It's a great stretch of river. Take the time to look up at the church as you pass.

Mon, 4th Jul 2022 - 10:51 a.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 7th July near Lilford. Park on the Pilton side of the traffic lights or in the middle of them on the bend.

We will swim out (¾ mile) against the current to where the footbridge is, and back with the current, so approximately 1.5 miles, although you can turn back at any point. We will get in at the woods and swim 150m to the lock. There are 3-weirs on our right as we swim out.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4479162133

It's difficult to pin-point a postcode (PE8 5SG will get you within half a mile), but half-way between Oundle and Thrapston on the A605 there is a roundabout. Turn towards Lilford/Wadenhoe. Then you just keep going until you come to some Traffic Lights and park just after these.

Tue, 12th Jul 2022 - 6:02 p.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 14th July from Oundle Mill (Barnwell Mill) PE8 5PB. Park on Barnwell Road, Oundle, at Oundle Mill. This week's swim will be a little different. We will swim 570 metres DOWNSTREAM to Oundle Lock, turn and retrace. We then swim UPSTREAM from Oundle Mill Lock for 780 metres to where the rowing boats launch, and again turn and retrace with the current now behind us.

If you want a shorter swim, the option is to do just one of the two legs - they both end up at the start at Oundle Mill. You can also turn back at any point, so an ideal swim for those that might want to go a little shorter.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4483739887

Mon, 18th Jul 2022 - 10:05 p.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 21st July from Oundle Boat House, (diagonally opposite the Wharf) PE8 5TW. There is parking at the Wharf or by the old Riverside Inn nr the A605 roundabout.
We will swim 3/4 mile against the current, under the A605 bridge, under the Nene Way footbridge and turn at the Weir to retrace. You can turn back at any point, if you want a shorter swim. There are no locks this week.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4503566524

Mon, 25th Jul 2022 - 12:54 p.m.

Thanks to Martin, Phil and James we had a veritable feast once again after last week's swim.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 28th July from Fotheringhay. PE8 5HZ. There is parking on the verge just as you leave Fotheringhay heading towards Tansor.

We will swim 3/4 mile against the current, and turn at the house at Bluebell Lakes; although you can turn back at any point, if you want a shorter swim. There are no locks this week.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4508847490

Finally: It is important that everyone is aware that there are some risks associated to river swimming; that everyone is primarily responsible for their own safety (not Pactrac or any other individual); but that we also look out for each other. The key risk is getting hit by boats - this is why it is important to stay in groups, wear colourful caps and look up/wait to regroup, regularly. Other risks are stomach upsets (so don't swallow the water!) and trips&slips around the structures. And of course encounters with wildlife, especially swans and turtles... We've not had any serious incidents, but need to raise awareness again so that we can keep it that way. Their is a Risk Assessment which you can find via this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByEw-8T01JgedXJ0c2pCb0d2M0E/edit?usp=sharing. If you come along on the swim, you will have signed in with a copy of the RA on the back.

Mon, 1st Aug 2022 - 1:14 p.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 4th August from Warmington Mill PE8 6TJ.
From the Warmington/Fotheringhay RAB on the A604 turn towards Fotheringhay and then take an IMMEDIATE right to Warmington Mill. There is restricted parking at the end of this dead-end road, so we need to park a little further back on the verge.

We will swim 3/4 mile against the current, and turn at the trees before Fotheringhay Castle; although you can turn back at any point, if you want a shorter swim. There are no locks this week except at the exit. Bring some swim shoes for the long walk to the start, and stay and enjoy the banter, coffee and flapjack afterwards.

See the route map here https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/edit/4535577412

 
Tue, 9th Aug 2022 - 7:59 a.m.

This week's Nene Swim will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 11th August from Elton Mill PE8 6RQ.
Park by the Green in Duck Street near to the Crown Inn.

We will swim 3/4 mile against the current, and turn either at the tributary or just beyond, at the end of the trees on our left, although you can turn back at any point, if you want a shorter swim. There are no locks this week, except at the exit which is quite shallow and easy to negotiate.
See the route map here https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4512257770