Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Keri-anne Payne gave outdoor swimmer enthusiasts an exclusive SwimBritain Blenheim training session at the Great Lake, Blenheim Palace, as she prepared to take on the British Gas SwimBritain challenge for a second time.
Against the backdrop of the iconic palace, Keri-anne took the swimmers through their paces in the water, focusing on stroke technique, pace and sighting as well as practicing swimming round buoys, a key element of the SwimBritain challenge.
With SwimBritain making its return to Blenheim Palace as the flagship open water venue, Keri-anne is calling on seasoned open water swimmers and novices alike to team up with friends and family and take on the challenge. Teams of four will complete a relay swim where each person swims 250m four times. Blenheim Palace is proud to host the only open water event in the series, with ten further pool events taking place around Britain in August and September.
New for 2014, the free SwimBritain training app will help track, log and monitor progress as swimmers around the country prepare to take on the 1000m water challenge.
2013’s open water SwimBritain event saw thousands take to the water alongside Keri-anne, Duncan Goodhew and David Walliams. Keri-anne remarkably swam two events on the same day – once with members of the public, and once with her family, including fellow British swimming hero and husband David Carry.
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! – Keri-anne Payne
Comedian David Walliams, who following his success in the open water challenge last year will be taking on SwimBritain at the London Aquatic Centre this September, said:
After the great experience of last year, I’m really excited to be taking part in my second team swim at the British Gas SwimBritain event.
Swimming enables a welcome break from everyday life, as well as being a good form of exercise and fun. SwimBritain encompasses all of these and I encourage people to team up and join in.
The British Gas SwimBritain program aims to encourage more people to swim regularly. Everyone signing up to British Gas SwimBritain will receive two free coaching sessions, redeemable in over 100 pools across the country, access to SwimBritain coaching materials and the SwimBritain Training App to help improve their technique and training over the summer, plus a goodie bag of t-shirt, swimming cap and event medal after they complete the challenge.
Registrations are now open. For further information on venues, how to sign up your team and get training plans and tips, visit swimbritain.co.uk.