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Diary of a wandering swimmer - A dip in the middle

Kate Gillwood was born in Galashiels, Scotland, raised from three years old in Yorkshire, found herself in London for 30 years and eventually escaped back to Scotland. She was raised to swim in rivers (the Wharfe at Appletreewick, for example), open air pools (Otley) and the sea, so open water swimming is not new. She started taking part in organised events about 10 years ago, putting on a wetsuit for the first time for the Great Scottish Swim in 2011. Now living just a few minutes from Portobello beach, one of her favourite things is to start the day with a sneaky swim in her local waters. She also likes to explore new swimming spots and share what she finds. Now that lockdowns have eased, she's exploring again with her campervan, Clova.

24 Apr 2022 • Kate Gillwood
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Diary of a wandering swimmer – a bit Wuthering Heights

It feels like ages since I have shared a swim. It’s not that I haven’t been swimming. On the contrary, I have been in the water a lot, just not in the same way. I’ve been coaching rather than swimming.

11 Aug 2021 • Kate Gillwood

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