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Posts Tagged: "hellespont"

Hellespont: The 'World's Oldest Swim'

So, you’re a budding open water swimmer. You’ve perhaps completed a couple of SwimTrek holidays or race events, have built your confidence in the water and are looking to go to the next level for your next open water challenge. Then consider the Hellespont Swim Race; where you’ll battle the...

Hellespont 2017

SwimTrekker Robin Fry shares his experience of preparing for and completing the Hellespont Swim along with his top tips. JG Ballard described Charles Sprawson’s seminal 1993 book on swimming, Haunts of the Black Masseur, as “an exhilarating plunge into the deepest pools inside our heads”. And for...

Why did the Irishman swim the Dardanelles?

You will have to read a bit further to get the answer to that question. I was first attracted to the Hellespont swim a number of years ago. The reasons were many – the story of Leander swimming every night to visit his beloved Hero, the first successful attempt to swim it by Lord Bryon in 1810,...

The Hellespont swim for open water virgins

The Hellespont swim was something I really wanted to try for a while. The classical story of Hero and Leander, Lord Byron and the warm water made it the ideal choice. I had done a few 5km pool swims a few years back and one leg of a triathlon (which I turned up for in board shorts) but that was...

And so it began.......... Langland Masters swim the Hellespont

Approximately 4yrs ago our coach of Langlands Masters started talking about The SwimTrek Darndanelles, a few doubts and question, could we can we, could we make the swim distance could we organise to get to Turkey?? So we did, waited till midnight in Feb 2015 and we all signed up to swim! 13 in...

Swim Hellespont 2015 Results

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in the Hellespont Cross Continental Swim. For overall results, gender and age category classification please click on the following links; Overall Classification Female Swimmer Overall Results Male Swimmer Overall Results Female Age Category...

Hellespont Swim 2012 Update

On the 30th August (Turkish Victory Day) this year, over 400 intrepid swimmers set off from Eceabat on the European side of the Hellespont Strait (also known as the Dardanelles) and swam to Çanakkale on the Asian side. Comprising 20 nationalities the swimmers traced the wake of Leander in Greek...

Dutch swimmers hope to raise 50,000 Euros on 2011 Hellespont Swim!

I received an email yesterday from one of our guests, Rene Geskes who has signed up with a group of 11 swimmers for our 2011 Hellespont tour where we swim from Europe to Asia. What makes Rene and his fellow travellers remarkable is that they are hoping to raise an incredible 50,000 for charity in...

The Byron Bicentennial Swim

On the 3rd May 1810, Lord Byron swam across the Hellespont in Turkey, the stretch of water that divides Europe from Asia. Exactly 200 years to the day SwimTrek organised a crossing to recreate this heroic swim. This crossing was the culmination of the Byron Swim Festival, a 3 day event held in...

Own a piece of Open Water Swimming History

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of open water swimming history. On the 3rd May 2010, the Right Honorable Lord Robin Byron officially started the Hellespont swim race in memory of his predecessor, the English poet Lord Byron who swam the Hellespont exactly 200 years...