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Thirty swimmers from the Royal Hospital School are taking part in this year’s Great East Swim held at Alton water on Saturday 21 June. The annual event attracts around 3,000 swimmers and involves 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5k open water competitions. It is part of the Great Swim Series which has five events across England and Scotland attracting in the region of 22,000 participants.

The Royal Hospital School pupils have been taking part in an intensive schedule of training in the School pool with their coach, Emma Cook, to prepare them for this tough challenge and over the weekend some of team were able to experience open water swimming and try out swimming in wetsuits at Tri-farm, a Tri-athlon venue near Chelmsford. They gained some great tips on body position, breathing technique and how to negotiate the various marker buoys around the course. All the swimmers found the experience useful and they look forward to the swim next week more confident and well prepared.

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