Around 500 swimmers competed in the 2014 Coniston Chill Swim. Entries doubled on last year, its first year.Read the full story ›
Five hundred swimmers brave the cold in order to take part in the open water event at Coniston.
Over 500 people are swimming the length of Coniston Water in Cumbria today.
The Coniston Chill Swim is in its second year and entries have almost doubled.
It's a 5.25mile long-distance swim and 25% don't wear a wetsuit.
Police Scotland have confirmed 15-year-old Scott Couper, who got into difficulties while swimming in the River Nith near Dumfries last week, has died.
He'd been in a critical condition at the Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary since Wednesday 18th June. The Procurator Fiscal has been informed.
A swimmer from the Scottish Borders has been selected for the Commonwealth Games. Lucy Hope, who's from Melrose, will compete in the 4x200 metre freestyle event at the Games which begin in Glasgow in July.
Team Scotland is sending its largest Aquatics team ever to a Commonwealth Games, with 38 swimmers and two divers selected for Glasgow 2014. Scotland has won a total of 73 medals in aquatics(including 20 gold), more than any other sport.
The event has been organised by Chillswim, which is run by Colin Hill and Steph Cox, from High Wray near Hawkshead, who are also both accomplished winter swimmers.
I think The Big Chill 2014 will be a fantastic event. I am very pleased by the number of people who are taking part. Winter swimming has really taken off in the UK in the last year, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this movement with our International Winter Swimming Association event. 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.
The Big Chill Swim attractsexperienced winter swimmers from as far afield as, Latvia, South Africa, Italy, Germany and Russia, France and Finland. However, many of the participants are amateurs, swimming for fun or to raise money for charity.
It is not for the faint hearted, wetsuits are not permitted and the water will be below five degrees, but hundreds of swimmers have signed up to race over 30, 50 and 450 metres as well as an epic 1000 extreme event for the very experienced cold water veterans.
Top level competitors include Estonian winter swimming endurance world champion Henri Kaarma and the head of the International Winter Swimming Association Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen.
A small swimming club in Cumbria is celebrating yet another success after one of it's members broke a british record at the National Disability Championships in Sheffield.
It is the latest triumph for a club that already trains a host of swimmers with genuine prospects of representing Britain at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics in 2016.
A swimmer from Cockermouth has broken a British record at the National Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
Grant Taylor was part of the team that set the new record for the 400 metre freestyle Medley.