John Mather was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1954 and now lives near Carlisle, Cumbria. He is 63 years old and is employed part time as a Chartered Civil Engineer by Capita, having spent a 40 year career in the construction and maintenance of highways & bridges.
He has enjoyed a lifelong passion for swimming and first learned to swim at Egerton Baths, Bolton, in his early teens. As well as swimming in many outdoor locations in the United Kingdom and overseas, he is particularly proud of having written two books about his swimming adventures.
These are entitled:
•“A Pictorial Guide to Greater Manchester’s Public Swimming Pools” (ISBN: 978-1-291-117890-5), published by Rossendale Books 2012, and
•“Challenging Waters, the Diary of a Lake District Swimmer” (ISBN 978-0-9955990-0-0) published by Sublime Swimming Press on the 28th February 2018.
As well as enjoying giving talks about local history and swimming, he volunteers for the Lake District National Park Authority and occasionally helps out on archaeological excavations.
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