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 (25th May). 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, so why not buddy up with a friend, and turn back together, whenever you have swam your distance.
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 in 2021 https://www.facebook.com/martin.thorpe.397/videos/4062957400464118
Hopefully, we'll see a few there on Thursday night. We are meeting at Scott and Sue’s house in Woodford and there will be cups of tea / coffee and some snacks ready for when we finish.