What people have been saying about the 1000 year swim challenge

The 1000 year swim challenge has really captured people’s imagination. Wherever I have swum, local people have thought it a great idea, and local media have turned out to cover the occasion. Here is some of what can be seen on the internet.

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Bramley Baths, Leeds

Batley Baths

  • ‘Doctor advises pooling resources’, Batley News, 31 July 2008.
  • Victoria Sheard, ‘Diving in for history task‘, Batley News, 7 August 2008.

Queensbury Pool and Manningham Baths, Bradford

Aston University Sports Centre, Birmingham

Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham

Tunstall Pool, Stoke on Trent

St Luke’s Pool, Brighton

Health Hydro, Swindon


  • ‘1,000 year swim to save our pools’, Country Life, 6 August 2008, p. 28.
  • Boots, ‘Bathing machine‘, Building Design, 29 August 2008.
  • Boots, ‘Marathon Man‘, Building Design, 25 July 2008.
  • ‘Peter Allen, ‘Plight of old pools is put into the spotlight’, West Midlands Express and Star, 25 July 2008. Also Dudley Express and Star.
  • ‘Historian’s swim over listed pools’, Shropshire Star, 25 July 2008.
  • ‘I’m making a splash in a noble cause’, Liverpool Daily Post, 25 July 2008.
  • ‘If I pool the world’, Bournemouth Daily Echo, 25 July 2008.
  • ‘Pool challenge’, Hartlepool Mail, 26 July 2008.
  • ‘Strange – but true: In the swim’, South Shields Gazette, 26 July 2008.

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