Jonathan Cowie
EXTRA,  FEATURES,  July 2024

Swims that shaped me: Jonathan Cowie

Contributing editor Jonathan Cowie shares the swims that have shaped his life over the years, from his first ever open water event in his 30s, to his life-changing move to the Lake District

Great North Swim

My first open water event. After doing no sport whatsoever in my 20s, I realised I was unfit, overweight and smoked and drank too much.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.