There is no doubting that having the opportunity to swim in a world class arena, the home of swimming during an Olympic and Paralympic Games, and actually swimming in the same waters as your heroes will be an incredible experience. After all, how many of us have played football at Wembley, rugby at Twickenham or golf at St Andrews? Not many sports offer the opportunity to take part so readily in the theatres of dreams as swimming does.
But here, we’re not celebrating the globally iconic pools, we’re celebrating your favourite pools. Ones that mean something to you (for whatever reason), ones that stand out in your memory and fill you with a sense of pride and bring a smile to your face.
So, we’re asking you for your #MyFavouritePool – but don’t just tell us what they are, tell us why. We asked around the Marathon Swims team and the results were really interesting. Tell us your #MyFavouritePool and why by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweeting us @MarathonSwims and we’ll include you here:
#MyFavouritePool is the Bondi Icebergs in Sydney Australia (pic above) – not only does it have a cool name, it is probably one of the most picturesque in the world. It is built into the cliffs overlooking the famous Aussie beach, filled by the sea but also a great bar and restaurant for a post swim refuel. From DL
#MyFavouritePool is the London Fields Lido – heated, open air 50m pool in Hackney in the heart of London’s east end. London Fields is a very cool area and the pool is set in a beautiful small park (London Fields). Opened in 1932, but closed due to cuts in 1988, it was a long 18-year wait for it to be refurbished and finally re-opened in 2006. Now very popular year-round and a must do when you’re in London. From LJ
#MyFavouritePool is Victoria Baths Manchester – as the name suggests this is Victorian, but closed in 1993. However, a dedicated group brought it back to life and it re-opened in 2017. I love the history of the place, not just because it is beautiful. The only pool currently open is the first class pool – which had the cleanest water and was reserved for the wealthiest Mancunians – can you believe that the other pools were in fact filled from the filtered leftovers of the first class pool!