Sunday, August 24, 2008

Olympic Medalists in Lake Windermere

With the close of the Beijing Olympics and sights on the 2012 London Olympics, eyes and thoughts are now turning to England. As a follow-up to the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, the Great North Swim will be held on September 13, 2008 in Lake Windermere, the biggest lake in England.

The first-year race reached it maximum of 2,000 athletes a few months after entries were opened. The one-mile race is open to swimmers of all backgrounds and ages with heats of 200 competing according to ability.

In addition to the 3 Olympic medalists from the U.K., David Davies, Keri-Anne Payne and Cassandra Patten, other elite swimmers include Mark Foster, an 8-time world record holder, Alan Bircher, a 2004 World Championship silver medalist, and Joanne Jackson, the 400-meter freestyle bronze medalist.

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