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Well said M&P. Paladine I think you are the only one to mention the profit motive of the organiser but you may have a point. Personally i would prefer a park run type concept run by volunteers but we can't have everything.
I am not sure where you think there are any more suitable locations. I understand wild swimmers wish to go from place A to B rather than round a round a lake. They also wish to test themselves against all the natural challenges such a swim presents. Oulton on a summer Thursday may unfortunately be an adventure too far.
"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they." Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)
Thanks for the link Pally The only problem for Norfolk or Suffolk swimmers would be getting there as they are a few steps away. Could solve the problem though as the Norfolk or Suffolk swimmers may not have enough energy left to swim when they reached the venues if they had walked. The poor spectators and helpers from the surrounding areas of this swim will need holiday booked.
This is supposed to be a light hearted comment and no offence intended to anybody as we all look at life differently. Kindest Regards Marge and Parge
My point is that back in the early 80's I entered the Great North Run for the first time which as you know starts in Newcastle, crosses the iconic Tyne Bridge, passes Gateshead Stadium and finishes in my beloved home town of South Shields.
As a boy I ran for South Shields Harriers, competed in club races at Gateshead Stadium and was once only 10 yards behind Steve Cram when he finished a mile race (albeit it one lap down!!!!).
The route I had travelled along many times by car and bus. Part of the excitement was being able to run along the same roads without traffic. For anyone familiar with the Broads I can understand the same charm value to be able to swim in familiar waters. For anyone not familiar then the opportunity is there to become captivated and return as a visitor.
I am not denigrating the risks but as an organised event participants are well informed. Just adding a different perspective