Emma Priestman and four of her friends are taking on a 5k challenge at Open Water Swimathon 2019 to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
Growing up, Nikki – a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands – swam regularly at her local swimming club. After falling out of the habit at university, she started swimming regularly again in her 30s. In 2017, after a few years back in the pool, Nikki wanted to set herself a challenge and decided to sign up for her first open water swim - 1,500 metres, which she loved. Having discovered a new passion, she hasn’t looked back since.
The mass start is something the Wild Swimming Brothers have struggled with various times at the start of a race. The start can be very difficult, and off putting, as it’s not something you can really prepare for when training.
The Wild Swimming Brothers, ambassadors for this year’s Open Water Swimathon know a lot when it comes to wetsuits! They're keen advocates for open water swimming, and have swum in rivers, tarns and lakes across the world.