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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

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Great North Swim causes big splash

Thousands of swimmers have been taking to Windermere as part of the annual Great North Swim. Now in its eighth year, the event has ten thousand competitors. Some are raising money for charity, others, simply, for the challenge. See Samantha Parker's full report here:

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

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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.

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