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Wind causes cancellation of Sunday's Great North Swim

The event in 2016 Credit: North News

Organisers say they have been forced to cancel Sunday's Great North Swim due to bad weather.

The events were scheduled to take place at Windermere, but a decision was made by the independent planning group to cancel due to strong winds forecast for Sunday.

“ We are sorry to have been forced to cancel the Sunday programme of events.

“We understand the inconvenience the Sunday cancellation will cause, but the safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority.

– David Hart, The Great Run Company

Ten thousand take part in Great North Swim

More than 10,000 took part in the Great North Swim Credit: North News

More than ten thousand people are taking part in this year's Great North Swim.

Competitors braved the cold water to swim the one-mile course at Lake Windermere, in the Lake District today.

A 10k swim is being introduced on Sunday which is expected to take experienced swimmers around four hours to complete.


10,000 swimmers take to Windermere for Great North Swim

The eighth annual Great North Swim is underway at Windermere. 10,000 swimmers raising money for numerous charities are expected to take the plunge this weekend.

The festival of swimming will also feature a world class elite race in partnership with British Swimming. That race will act as a selection event for the senior British team ahead of the World Championships. Alongside the elite are amateurs of all abilities taking in their own personal challenges over half a mile, one mile, two miles or five kilometre distances.

We're really excited to be celebrating our eighth year in Windermere. Since 2008 the swim has grown from 3,000 participants to around 10,000, which clearly demonstrates the increasing popularity of this exhilarating sport.

– Alex Jackson, director

Open water swimmer who died has been named

Thousands took part in Britain's biggest open water swimming event Credit: PA

A 52-year-old man who died in a lake swim challenge has been named.

Colin Pringle, from Wallington, South London, died in hospital after participating in the Great North Swim in Windermere, Cumbria, on Friday 13 June.

He was taking part in the two-mile distance and fell ill in the water. He was transferred to Cumberland Infirmary by Great North Air Ambulance but later died.


Woman airlifted from Great North Swim

A 54 year old swimmer had to be rescued from the water at Windermere and airlifted to hospital with a suspected heart attack during the Great North Swim.

The woman from Worcester was taken to Hospital in Blackpool for specialist treatment.

She had been treated at scene by the on site medical team on Saturday afternoon after taking ill during her swim and is reported to be in a serious condition in hospital.

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