Last weekend Calum and I (Jack) competed in/filmed the 5km Eton Swim, alongside 600 other keen outdoor swimmers. To our surprise the waters of Dorney Lake were a surreal 21.5c - something we're not particularly used to in the UK.
Admittedly, this was the first swim race I've ever taken part in, so I must admit the first 100-metres did remind me a little of that opening scene in Jaws - only I wasn't a beautiful naked woman... However, the seemingly shark-infested water was churned into a frenzy by an onslaught of strokes, as everyone fought to break free from the bunched group. Several times I head-butted sweeping elbows and kicking feet. I think I might of kicked a few heads myself as well, so I'll apologise now for that.
It really was a mad free-for-all, although fortunately the swim soon evolved into a more staggered race and everyone found room to stretch their strokes and relax in the water, with the reeds and fields drifting by. We're not sure what time we made in the end, although I can say it was very humbling to be overtaken so frequently. I've definitely been back in the pool a few times since then, eager to improve my swimming, inspired by how many other aspiring mer-men and women there are out there.
Thanks so much to Human Race Events for having us along! You can check out the video we made on our YouTube channel below...
We hope that all our fellow participants had a great time! We look forward to joining you in those warm, soupy green waters again next year.