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Looking Back & Forwards

As the New Year begins and thoughts turn towards future goals, I thought I'd round up the events that I'm aware of from the end of 2016.

The local park run was well attended on both Xmas Eve and New Year's Eve with Nick, Stu and myself making both and Julia making one. Times suffered a little though with some signs of over indulgence! Meanwhile Phil Howells performed at Newent.

On Xmas Day, I opted for the warmth and free mince pies at the Leisure Centre for a few steady lengths however, a number of members, led by Teresa an Mike were more intrepid and took on the Cheltenham Lido challenge.

But the award for the coldest swim at an organised event for the period goes to Becky who completed the Boxing Day Challenge at Lake 32 to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. She assures me that she did a lap with the wetsuit and then took a dip without it.

We then caught up with her (wearing a lot of clothes) at Cheltenham Racecourse where a number of us took part in the 4 mile Boxing Day challenge in aid of Wiston's Wish.

The round up wouldn't be complete without a mention of Dave, the Welsh wizard who went back to the Land of his Fathers to participate in the Saundersfoot New Year's Day swim with 1600 others. His posts suggest he was pleased with his time.

So as one year draws to a close, another begins with challenges old and new. It would be nice if you could share what events you are planning to do this year. I know we are a modest lot but it will help me and also perhaps inspire others to either support or join you. Obviously Triathlon events are preferred but other tales of derring do and adventure are also welcome.

In the meantime, a Happy New Year to all and look forward to seeing in you at the first of our Aquathlon series which takes place on Sunday 8th January. Its probably not too late to enter and definitely not too late to help.

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