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Big Chill swim massive success

Organisers of this years Big Chill swim, which took place in Windermere on Saturday, say it was a massive success.

Five hundred and eighty people aged between sixteen and seventy took part, that's more than double last year's turn out.

Swimmers from across the world made their way to the Low Wood Bay Marina and braved the minus five water temperature to take part.

Organisers Chillswim are hailing it as a massive success, with spectators standing in the rain for 7 hours to cheer on the competitors.

“The weather over the weekend was challenging to say the least and we’d like to thank both spectators and participants for their support.”

– Colin Hill, Big Chill swim organiser

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Big Chill Swim in Windermere

More than 500 took part in the Big Chill Swim Credit: ITV Border

The Big Chill Swim at Low Wood Bay Marina on Windermere is now in its second year.

It's grown from around 200 participants last year to 570 who took to the water today.

Wet suits are not allowed so the swimmers have to brave temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius with just swim suits and trunks.

Full report: Open water swimmers take spring dip in Windermere

Open Water swimming has brought many people to the Lake District in recent years.

It is being described as Britain's fastest growing extreme sport and this summer Buttermere will host the biggest race of it's kind in the UK this year.

It is a 10 kilometer swim and to try to tempt more people to take part, organisers have held a taster swim on Windermere.

Ryan Dollard has this report:

To find out where you can take part in outdoor swimming events, click here.

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Swimmers take the plunge at Windermere

Swimmers brace themselves for the cold water Credit: ITV News Border

A group of brave swimmers braved the elements in Windermere to take part in an open water swim.

Swimmers warming up before taking the plunge Credit: ITV News Border
And they're off Credit: ITV News Border

The thermometer read just eight degrees, but despite the chilly water they all seemed to enjoy their morning dip.

Cold but happy Credit: ITV News Border

Open-water swimmers head for Windermere

Scores of swimmers will be braving the cold waters of Windermere today to join in with an Open Water Swim event.

Organisers say anyone can come along but suggest people do not forget to bring their own wetsuits and thermal underwear.

The swim is suitable for all abilities and an experienced coaches will be on hand to give to tuition to any newcomers.