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Visitors told us they found the seminar sessions extremely interesting and informative and our exhibitors were delighted with this unique opportunity to interact with hundreds of committed swimmers

The first H2Open Day took place on 28 April 2012 at the Reading Lake Hotel and attracted hundreds of open water swimming enthusiasts to a programme of in-water and out of water activities including a sell out exhibition. The innovative event offered open water swimmers an opportunity to hear from some of the biggest names in the sport including Colin Hill, Marathon Swimming Technical Manager for the London 2012 Olympics, and Nick Adams, President of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation. Despite inclement weather and plunging water temperatures, over 100 swimmers also took to the water to test out wetsuits and other kit, or to take part in a 750m timed swim. Some even braved the 12.2 degree water without wetsuits, including Roger Allsopp, who at 70 years old last year became the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

Other swimmers at the event included Cassandra Patten, bronze medallist in the 10km marathon swim in Beijing 2008, and Oliver Wilkinson, the round Manhattan Island world record holder who demonstrated his pace in the 750m swim finishing comfortably in the lead, and also swimming without a wetsuit.

The event was organised by H2Open Magazine, the world’s only dedicated open water swimming magazine, in partnership with Triathlon Racing Inc, organisers of the SwimFesT Series and the Lakeside Triathlon. Simon Griffiths, H2Open’s publisher and editor, said, “we’re delighted so many people ignored the weather and made the effort. We were impressed by the number of people who braved the bone chilling water. We’ve received really positive feedback on this inaugural event with some great suggestions for how we can improve and build on the experience for next year. Visitors told us they found the seminar sessions extremely interesting and informative and our exhibitors were delighted with this unique opportunity to interact with hundreds of committed swimmers.”

Alan Ellis of swim specialist retailer Mailsports, who was exhibiting at the event, said, “what a good way to start a season of open water swimming.” Georgina Tomkins of Henley Swim, the company behind the famous Henley Classic swim, added, ““The event was great. I’m sure it will be much bigger next year. We were delighted to be able to talk to so many open water swimming enthusiasts, some of whom had travelled a long way to the event.”

The day concluded with the presentation of the inaugural H2Open Awards. Winners included David Walliams, Charity Swim of the Year, Roger Allsopp, Inspirational Swim of the Year, and Oliver Wilkinson, Swimmer of the Year.
To find out more about H2Open, the Awards and future events see

For more information contact Simon Griffiths, Publisher and Editor, H2Open Magazine. / 07958 312607

Editors Notes:

About H2Open Magazine

Launched in February 2011 by independent publisher ZG Publishing Ltd, H2Open is the world’s first dedicated open water swimming magazine. Designed to appeal to all lovers of open water from freedom loving wild swimmers to competitive masters and English Channel aspirants the magazine offers a mixture of inspirational features, training advice, gear reviews and nutritional tips.

About Triathlon Racing Inc (TRI) Ltd

TRI works in partnership with high-profile companies to deliver quality professional services and products to triathlon and its discipline sports. Established in 2008, TRI is the founder of the Lakeside Triathlon organised in partnership with One Step Beyond Promotions and founder of the SwimFesT Open Water Swim Series organised in partnership with SwimForTri.

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