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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.


Annual dip attracts 100 swimmers

One hundred people took part in the annual Golden Sands Polar Bear challenge in Whitehaven to raise £25,000 for charity.

The dippers ran into the Irish Sea in the harbour town and straight back out again.

Most we wearing fancy dress or t-shirts bearing the name of their chosen charity.

The annual dip is organised by Sellafield workers.

"We were treated to a warm up by the Moky Fit girls and then cooled down dramatically in the sea.

"This is a great way to raise money for charity and it does seem to be getting bigger and better every year.

"It's brilliant to see so many people get into the spirit of the occasion and dress up - a different way to say goodbye to the year."

– Gary McKeating, Sellafield worker

Swimmers preparing for the big dip

Swimmers are gathering in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

New Year's Eve dippers are gathering in Whitehaven to warm up, before heading tothe beach.

The 100 dippers have raised more than £25,000 for various charities.

The dippers get into the spirit by joining the Moky Fit girls in a routine Credit: ITV Border
Hundreds op people have turned up to watch the swimmers Credit: ITV Border
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