SwimBritain Ambassador Keri-anne makes waves at Great Lake

20 August 2014

One of the best things about the British Gas SwimBritain relay events is the range of venues a team can choose to enter in.

Blenheim Palace in Oxford has been chosen as the open water location once more, utilising the Great Lake as the idyllic setting for the SwimBritain challenge for 2014.

A group of lucky outdoor swimming enthusiasts received a special training session from Olympic silver medallist and former world Champion, Keri-anne Payne, with the iconic Blenheim Palace as the backdrop.

Keri-anne focussed on stroke technique, sighting and pace while practicing swimming around buoys, which is an essential element of the SwimBritain challenge, preparing the swimmers for the difference between open water swimming, and swimming in a pool environment.

To enter a team, or get more information about the event, click hereWith the SwimBritain open water relay returning to Blenheim Palace for 2014, Keri-anne is calling on both novice and seasoned open water swimmers alike to team up with friends, family or a combination of both to take on the challenge.

Beijing silver medallist Keri-anne said: “I feel really at home at Blenheim Palace and it’s always such an exhilarating experience to swim in the Great Lake. Today I had the chance to share that with fellow swimmers which made it even more enjoyable.

“Whether it’s in open water or the pool, swimming is a fantastic form of exercise and a recent study by British Gas SwimBritain has shown that swimming can improve your sleep quality, fitness levels and overall wellbeing, so there are plenty of reasons to make some waves of your own this summer with the British Gas SwimBritain challenge!”

The relay consists of teams of four, in which each member completes four legs of 250m to cover a total distance of 1000m each.

If you don’t fancy the open water location, there are venues across the country running similar events, with a choice of 1000m or 500m. You can find out more about the locations and event dates here.

If you sign up a team to SwimBritain, you can get access to free training sessions with an instructor at over 100 pools across the country. You can also access the free SwimBritain training app to help you keep up with your training and track your progress until the event itself.

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