Great North Swim goes ahead

The Great North Swim at Windermere has gone ahead after being postponed 48 hours because of bad weather

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Five thousand take part in Great North Swim

Around five thousand people took part in the Great North Swim Credit: ITV

Around five thousand swimmers have taken to Windermere for the Great North Swim.

The event had been postponed for two days after bad weather. Friday's cancelled two mile event will take place this evening at the end of today's scheduled events.

Swimmers cross the finishing line Credit: ITV

The five thousand people who should have taken part yesterday will be given a full refund.

Spectators watch swimmers at the finishing line of the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere. Credit: ITV

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Green light expected for Great North Swim

Organisers of the Great North Swim are remaining hopeful that today's event can go ahead despite flooding in parts of Cumbria.

The Environment Agency has put a number of flood alerts in place for after heavy rainfall over the weekend. With Cockermouth, Keswick, and Carlisle all affected by the floods.

The first two days of the Great North Swim also fell victim to the weather, after strong winds were forecast on both Friday and Saturday. The two mile swim across Windermere, which was due to take place on Friday, was postponed by 48 hours as a result.