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Hundreds take the plunge at Boxing Day dip in Cromer

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It has been a tradition on the north Norfolk coast for more than 30 years with more than 400 people running into the sea for a Boxing Day dip

The event is organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners and raises money for a different charity each year.

Hundreds take the plunge at Boxing Day dip in Cromer Credit: ITV Anglia

This year they picked the Norwich and central Norfolk branch of the mental health charity MIND, following the death earlier this year of Nyall Brown, one of the regular beach runners.

Over the last 30 years the event has grown in size, this year the dip had to be spread out over two sections of the beach to the east of the town's iconic pier

Hundreds take the plunge at Boxing Day dip in Cromer Credit: ITV Anglia

An estimated crowd of 3,000 turned out at 11am to watch the spectacle, while Cromer Coastguards, Cromer RNLI and St John Ambulance were all on standby to make sure the event was safe.

The sea temperature in the minutes before the dip was 4.2 degrees

Hundreds take the plunge at Boxing Day dip in Cromer Credit: ITV Anglia

"The adrenaline just takes over and it's all good fun. It's grown and grown and grown, I'm absolutely delighted, the support we get is phenomenal and I'm privileged to be part of it."

– Clive Hedges, North Norfolk Beach Runners
Hundreds take the plunge at Boxing Day dip in Cromer Credit: ITV Anglia