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Keri-anne Payne reveals open water swim on Loch Lomond

June 5, 2013
Keri-Anne Payne

Keri-Anne Payne

Olympian Keri-anne Payne has launched a swimming event at one of the UK’s largest stretches of water.

Around 2,000 people are expected for the open water Great Scottish Swim in August, held for the first time at Loch Lomond.

Payne, an Olympic open water silver-medallist and 10k open water world champion, will join participants for the event which is part of the Great Swim, Europe’s biggest open-water swimming series.

“I’ve taken part in a few of the Great Swim series events around the country but never in Scotland before and I’m really excited to participate in the first-ever Loch Lomond event,” she said.

“Open water can seem daunting for a lot of people but it really is a great feeling to swim in freshwater, especially when you have such stunning scenery as Loch Lomond.”

European and Commonwealth gold-medallist Iwan Thomas MBE will also take part.

He said: “I have taken part in triathlons before so I’m no stranger to a wetsuit, but it will be amazing to swim in an iconic location like Loch Lomond.”

Swimmers of all abilities can choose from half-mile, one-mile and two-mile courses.

More than 20,000 people are expected to take part in similar events across the UK.

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