Blue Peter presenters brave icy Windermere waters for Big Chill Swim

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BLUE Peter presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell were among more than 570 people taking to the chilly waters of Windermere today.
 

The second Big Chill Swim saw entrants race – without wetsuits – in water temperatures of below 5°C.
 

Racers later in the day also had to content with sleet, with one, Ruth Mclaughlin, saying, “There were hailstones bouncing off the water – it was absolutely freezing.”
 

The event, held at Low Wood Bay Marina near Ambleside, had 30, 50 and 460m relays, and a 1,000m extreme event for very experienced cold water swimmers.
 

Among the top level competitors was Estonian winter swimming endurance world champion Henri Kaarma, who said the water was ‘not that bad – in Estonia we sometimes have temperatures of minus 15.”
 

The race also attracted amateur swimmers raising money for charity, many of whom opted to swim in fancy dress.
 

Event organiser Colin Hill said: “Winter swimming can seem like a very odd idea to the uninitiated, but the sense of wellbeing and exhilaration you get when you have finished the swim is quite incredible. 

“All your endorphins kick in.  It is an amazing, life-affirming experience.

“Also, the camaraderie amongst winter swimmers is fantastic, and one of the joys of this type of event is that you can make new friends from all around the world.”

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12:50pm Thu 27 Feb 14

the .wall says...

It appears the Blue Peter presenters are still up for a challenge! I still got me Blue peter's badge from all those years ago with the old faces who were around then but not as good as the present bunch! me old pal erastus piggott the failed blogger polishes his Blue Peter badge like there's no tomorrow even in this day an age!
I was going to roll on the floor laughing then as a Blue Peter "task", but thought better of it! Still as my old mum used to say, its the old 'uns that are the best ones (like Blue Peter) and if it aint broke then don't fix it boi! wise words, wise words!
It appears the Blue Peter presenters are still up for a challenge! I still got me Blue peter's badge from all those years ago with the old faces who were around then but not as good as the present bunch! me old pal erastus piggott the failed blogger polishes his Blue Peter badge like there's no tomorrow even in this day an age! I was going to roll on the floor laughing then as a Blue Peter "task", but thought better of it! Still as my old mum used to say, its the old 'uns that are the best ones (like Blue Peter) and if it aint broke then don't fix it boi! wise words, wise words! the .wall
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1:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Simon Pharter says...

the .wall wrote:
It appears the Blue Peter presenters are still up for a challenge! I still got me Blue peter's badge from all those years ago with the old faces who were around then but not as good as the present bunch! me old pal erastus piggott the failed blogger polishes his Blue Peter badge like there's no tomorrow even in this day an age! I was going to roll on the floor laughing then as a Blue Peter "task", but thought better of it! Still as my old mum used to say, its the old 'uns that are the best ones (like Blue Peter) and if it aint broke then don't fix it boi! wise words, wise words!
Hello wall, tsk! ahh! i wanna know why the newsshopper allows one of their regular posters a certain person under the guise of a racist username of "Gypo Joe"
What an offensive racist username that is to be using, really insulting to the travellers for a person to take up a racist username like "Gypo Joe" in some strange way of knocking the travellers by setting up a racially and offensive username and then posting away, using sexist language towards women and swearing on the paper! gotta scoot now Wall to the coast!
[quote][p][bold]the .wall[/bold] wrote: It appears the Blue Peter presenters are still up for a challenge! I still got me Blue peter's badge from all those years ago with the old faces who were around then but not as good as the present bunch! me old pal erastus piggott the failed blogger polishes his Blue Peter badge like there's no tomorrow even in this day an age! I was going to roll on the floor laughing then as a Blue Peter "task", but thought better of it! Still as my old mum used to say, its the old 'uns that are the best ones (like Blue Peter) and if it aint broke then don't fix it boi! wise words, wise words![/p][/quote]Hello wall, tsk! ahh! i wanna know why the newsshopper allows one of their regular posters a certain person under the guise of a racist username of "Gypo Joe" What an offensive racist username that is to be using, really insulting to the travellers for a person to take up a racist username like "Gypo Joe" in some strange way of knocking the travellers by setting up a racially and offensive username and then posting away, using sexist language towards women and swearing on the paper! gotta scoot now Wall to the coast! Simon Pharter
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9:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

BarryHarry says...

LOL
I heard it is a little FREE news paper i say "news" because it is questionable if it qualifies with 99% of adverts!!!!
Its prop used more often than not in the bottom of the cats litter tray!!! bit ilke gypo joe`s appalling views!!! lol mwhaaa!
LOL I heard it is a little FREE news paper i say "news" because it is questionable if it qualifies with 99% of adverts!!!! Its prop used more often than not in the bottom of the cats litter tray!!! bit ilke gypo joe`s appalling views!!! lol mwhaaa! BarryHarry
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