Gallery & video: Swimmers plunge into Windermere without wetsuits for The Big Chill Swim

One of the swimmers braves the chilly water

One of the swimmers braves the chilly water

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BRAVE swimmers from all over the world donned their hats – but not their wetsuits – this morning as they plunged into Windermere for The Big Chill Swim.

The first to be held at the Lake District beauty spot of Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina, the event attracted around 250 people who dived into the 4.6 degree water in only their swimsuits.

With distances of 30m, 60m, 450m and a relay options there was a whole range of people taking part, coming from as far as Latvia, Russia, Finland, Canada and South Africa.

Race director Colin Hill said the conditions were ‘absolutely perfect’.

“There was frost in the morning, the temperature is under 5 degrees and it’s a beautiful day,” he said.

“And to think on Wednesday I was down here and the waves were crashing and the wind was high.

“It’s great to have so many people here - I’m really proud at how it’s turned out.”

ABOVE: Swimmers take part in the event

A shivering Alexia O’Mara, of Watford, near London, had just finished the 450m endurance race, coming second.

She said: “I’m not in any other races, but I will get back into the water. That’s the way you train – I don’t know why I do but I just love it.”

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And Thomas Noblett, managing director at the Langdale Chase hotel, was preparing for his 60m and team relay this afternoon.

He said the sport ‘pushed the human body to its limits’.

“If you think that 99.9 per cent of the population could not do it, it adds to the speciality of the sport.

“I think it should become part of the Olympic legacy.”

 

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8:55pm Sat 2 Feb 13

KendalSmithy says...

Wetsuits are a recent thing. I can't understand why most people daren't go swimming without one nowadays. Even in the summer they think a wetsuit is essential, and to not wear one is somehow cranky; but for millennia people have swum the water courses of the world in either very little clothing or none at all!
Wetsuits are a recent thing. I can't understand why most people daren't go swimming without one nowadays. Even in the summer they think a wetsuit is essential, and to not wear one is somehow cranky; but for millennia people have swum the water courses of the world in either very little clothing or none at all! KendalSmithy
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10:57am Sun 3 Feb 13

ukmann says...

“If you think that 99.9 per cent of the population could not do it, it adds to the speciality of the sport.

I would think that the more accurate statement would be 99.9% of the population don't want to do it ......... It's not exactly rocket science after all.
“If you think that 99.9 per cent of the population could not do it, it adds to the speciality of the sport. I would think that the more accurate statement would be 99.9% of the population don't want to do it ......... It's not exactly rocket science after all. ukmann
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1:48pm Sun 3 Feb 13

dancer58 says...

not sure why mr ukmann wants to knock people for what they want to do these very people raise plenty of money for charity, & help under privaliged childeren enjoy life a little better , what do you do mr ukmann just knock people , heyho !
not sure why mr ukmann wants to knock people for what they want to do these very people raise plenty of money for charity, & help under privaliged childeren enjoy life a little better , what do you do mr ukmann just knock people , heyho ! dancer58
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3:00pm Sun 3 Feb 13

ukmann says...

I'm not knocking anybody. I was stating a fact. To say that 99.9 percent of the population could not get into cold water is just not true. To go on to say it should be an Olympic event is even more ridiculous. What next Olympic puddle jumping ..... off you trot Prancer.!!
I'm not knocking anybody. I was stating a fact. To say that 99.9 percent of the population could not get into cold water is just not true. To go on to say it should be an Olympic event is even more ridiculous. What next Olympic puddle jumping ..... off you trot Prancer.!! ukmann
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4:00pm Sun 3 Feb 13

dancer58 says...

sounds like to me , see your first comments were removed i wonder why
sounds like to me , see your first comments were removed i wonder why dancer58
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4:07pm Sun 3 Feb 13

ukmann says...

What it sounds like to you doesn't interest me one bit. I think the first comment was removed because the name of the person was misspelt ....... petty !! Hope you can sleep better now Dancer!!
What it sounds like to you doesn't interest me one bit. I think the first comment was removed because the name of the person was misspelt ....... petty !! Hope you can sleep better now Dancer!! ukmann
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4:09pm Sun 3 Feb 13

zaney5 says...

ukmann wrote:
“If you think that 99.9 per cent of the population could not do it, it adds to the speciality of the sport.

I would think that the more accurate statement would be 99.9% of the population don't want to do it ......... It's not exactly rocket science after all.
I think 99.9% of the population have more sense than to go jumping into freezing cold lakes! But hey, whatever floats your boat. And of course ELH will have got some free publicity.
[quote][p][bold]ukmann[/bold] wrote: “If you think that 99.9 per cent of the population could not do it, it adds to the speciality of the sport. I would think that the more accurate statement would be 99.9% of the population don't want to do it ......... It's not exactly rocket science after all.[/p][/quote]I think 99.9% of the population have more sense than to go jumping into freezing cold lakes! But hey, whatever floats your boat. And of course ELH will have got some free publicity. zaney5
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4:19pm Sun 3 Feb 13

dancer58 says...

ukmann wrote:
What it sounds like to you doesn't interest me one bit. I think the first comment was removed because the name of the person was misspelt ....... petty !! Hope you can sleep better now Dancer!!
spellings getting better
[quote][p][bold]ukmann[/bold] wrote: What it sounds like to you doesn't interest me one bit. I think the first comment was removed because the name of the person was misspelt ....... petty !! Hope you can sleep better now Dancer!![/p][/quote]spellings getting better dancer58
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5:22pm Sun 3 Feb 13

ukmann says...

Get back to your knitting or whatever you do Dancer. Heyho !!
Get back to your knitting or whatever you do Dancer. Heyho !! ukmann
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