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Nearly six hundred to take the plunge

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.

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Cumbrian swimmer achieves new sporting record

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.

Full Report: Small Cumbrian swimming club makes big splash

A small swimming club in Cumbria has made a big splash in a national competition.

Cockermouth Swimming Club came thirteenth over all in the National Age group and Youth Championships, putting them ahead of many clubs from large cities.

The teenage swimmers also broke a wave of county and national records, some from events well above their age group.

Richard Wilson's full report is below.

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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.

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