Over 500 compete in Coniston Chill Swim

The final wave enters Coniston. They're the fastest swimmers. Credit: ITV News Border

520 people entered the Coniston Chill Swim this year. Last year, the first year of the event, saw 220 compete.

The race takes in the length of Coniston: 5.25miles.

The fastest are in the water for 2 hours. The slowest take 5 and a half hours to complete it. The average swimmer does it in 3 and a half hours.

The first swimmer is seen by the spectators Credit: ITV News Border
The race is over the length of Coniston: 5.25 miles Credit: ITV News Border

It's a long distance swim and a quarter do it without a wet suit. The temperature in there is 17.3 degrees Celsius.

There are feed stations along the way to refuel over the long distance Credit: ITV News Border
It's the 2nd Coniston Chill Swim Credit: ITV News Border

Many arrive having never swum this far before. They'll leave Cumbria knowing they can.

The first wave of swimmers arrives at the finish Credit: ITV News Border