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Small Cumbrian swimming club makes big splash

Cockermouth Swimming club back in training Credit: ITV News Border

A small Cumbrian swimming team has made a big splash at in a national competition.

Cockermouth Swimming Club came thirteenth over all in the National Age group and Youth Championships.

The teenage swimmers also broke a wave of county and national records.


10p swimming sessions for children in west Cumbria

Children aged 16 and under are being offered 10p swimming sessions in Allerdale this summer.

The Allerdale Borough Council scheme will be available from Saturday (20th July) at pools in Workington, Cockermouth and Keswick, as well as the Wigton Pool and Netherhall Pool in Maryport.

The offer will not be immediately available at the Keswick Leisure Pool, however residents are asked to look out for details of the offer which will be made available over the next few weeks.

The scheme is aimed at encouraging young people to keep active during the summer holidays.

“We are re-launching this scheme not only to help young people to be active, but to ensure all children are able to make the most of summer and the attractions Allerdale has to offer.

"It is important to this Council that all children have the same opportunities and we are delighted we can help to make that possible.

"It demonstrates that even given all the cuts by central government that an excellently run Council like Allerdale, is able to deliver on its promises.”

– Councilor Alan Smith, Leader, Allerdale Borough Council said

The reduced fee swimming sessions will run until 4th September.

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.


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.

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