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Our website maintenance period has finished! So what does this mean for you?
Our content is now being served over HTTPS and we thought we’d share some of the reasons behind the project.
The reasons for our move;
By using HTTPS, internet service providers (ISPs) are not able to track the pages which our members are accessing. It means we protect the privacy of our members when accessing content that may disclose any information that may be used against them. It matches our core values. We believe that protecting you is good internet citizenship.
Once on HTTPS, we prevent malicious third parties from inserting code into our site, or tracking what our visitors are doing.
It also gives us other benefits such as a potential increase in search results. For the reasons mentioned above Google has announced that it will favour https content. It is also helping us decipher traffic from secure and ‘unknown’ referrers.
4. Content authoring and integrity
By switching to HTTPS, browsers will ensure that the content displayed is actually published by the BLDSA. Without HTTPS someone between the browser and our website could maliciously display other content or alter our content.
When actually viewing the site, it just means there’s a little padlock in the address bar. Which seems daft for how much effort this takes, but it means your privacy is protected while using our site! Very few of our commercial competitors have invested in this for their sites, which is no bad reflection on them since this does take a lot of work, but it does show the value we put on your trust.
British Long Distance Swimming Association
Our Grand Prix results for 2017 are now available;
Background to the Grand Prix
It was in 1997 that the idea of having an overall champion – a “Grand Prix” Champion who had performed consistently well over the whole season came to fruition.
Ever since that year at the end of each season the Grand Prix winner has been determined.
There are three categories: Senior, Junior and Veteran.
The Grand Prix works like this:
- Every time a swimmer completes a BLDSA Championship event they get a point for every mile they swim.
- Additional points are given based on the finishing place. The winner of a race gets an additional 10 points, second place gets 9 points, third place gets 8 points and so on down to the tenth place swimmer who gets one point.
- However, some championships hold concurrent championships like at Derwentwater and St Mary’s. Swimmers will be awarded a point for each mile swum at each of these events but additional winning points will be only awarded to the longer swim.
- The Grand Prix Champion is the swimmer at the end of the season that gets the most points overall!
The following events count towards the Grand Prix points.
|Colwick Park||5 km|
|Wykeham||5 km||2 miles|
|5 km (Night)|
|Champion of Champions South (Dover)||9 miles||9 miles|
|Champion of Champions North (Ellerton Lake)||9 miles||9 miles|
|Torbay||8 miles||4 miles|
|Llyn Tegid (Bala)||3 km||3 km||3 km|
|3 mile||3 miles|
|Coniston||5.25 miles||5.25 miles||3.25 miles|
|2 Way Windermere||21.0 miles|
|Derwentwater||5.25 miles||5.25 miles|
|2 miles||2 miles|
|St Mary’s Loch||3 miles||3 miles|
|6 miles||6 miles|
|Lynn Regis||4.5 km||1 km||4.5 km|
Contact Zoe Sadler for more details
The BLDSA recognised 12 swims in 2017 outside of our swim events. Find out more about Swim Recognition here
The following swims were ratified by the BLDSA committee at the committee meeting yesterday.
Certificates will be posted as soon as possible. Details of these swims will also appear in the 2017 Annual Report, on the website and will be added to the official BLDSA records.
Linda Breen 29th August 2017 10 hours 4 minutes 10 seconds
Wendy Trehiou 6 hours 28 minutes 14 seconds
Isabella Weatherall (JUNIOR) 9th September 2017 7 hours 14 minutes 00 secs
Cliff Golding 15th September 2017 7 hours 52 minutes 17 seconds
Bristol Channel – Penarth to Clevedon
Alec Richardson 16th August 2017 5 hours 58 minutes 3 seconds
2 Way Coniston
Isabella Weatherall (JUNIOR) 15th July 2017 7 hours 30 minutes 00 secs
Philip Hodges 19th August 2017 15 hours 3 minutes 44 seconds
Philip Hodges 25th July 2017 13 hours 44 minutes 29 seconds
Patti Bauernfeind 19th August 2017 12 hours 26 minutes 3 seconds
Erica Gelyczak 18th July 2017 13 hours 16 minutes 44 seconds
Celtic Mermaids (Nicky Mather, Lynsey Dunne, Maighread McMahon, Diana Dawson) 18th July 2017 18 hours 44 minutes 33 seconds
Loch Lomond 2 Way
ChillyMcFillies (Colleen Blair, Judith Campbell, Carol Lord, Jackie Ecclestone) 30th August 2017 30 hours 39 minutes 45 seconds
Here is the annual reminder, for any new members joining the BLDSA from now onward for the remainder of 2017, membership for 2018 will be added as a Bonus.
So it is now time to join – to take part in the Lynn Regis events in 2017 and the whole calendar of events for 2018……