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Red Bull's Neptune Steps returns for sixth year

Mark Deans 2

Red Bull’s Neptune Steps event returns for a sixth year on 21 – 22 March 2020, with more than 1,000 swimmers expected to brave the chilly waters of Glasgow’s Maryhill Locks.

The event, which has been dubbed the UK’s toughest open water swimming challenge, will see competitors take on 400m of open water swimming as well as having to scale seven canal locks aided only by cargo nets, ropes, wood ladders and rope ladders, all whilst facing the onslaught of freezing waterfalls as they go.

The 2019 event was cheered on by over 3,000 raucous spectators, with 600 swimmers braving the chilly eight-degree water, and the 2020 event looks set to be even bigger.

For the very first time in 2020, there will be a pairs category for those looking to take on a new adventure race challenge, but who are daunted by completing the whole distance.

Neptune Steps is therefore a great event for serious competitors as well as swimmers looking for their next challenge. You can register your interest for the 2020 even on the Red Bull website.

Also be sure to check out Outdoor Swimmer’s Joanne Jones’ blog, as she reflects on her first Neptune Steps event earlier on this year.

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Issue 33 December 2019

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