The countdown has started for the largest European open water swimming event when 10,000 people will be taking to the waters of Lake Windermere during the Great North Swim between 14th and 16th June. The Great North Swim is the flagship event in Great Swim Series and in four years has grown from 3,000 swimmers in one day to around 10,000 swimmers taking part over three days.
The Great North Swim in Windermere
Some of the world’s best open water swimmers have said that the Great North Swim in Windermere ranked among their favourite races worldwide. Now there’s an opportunity for us mere mortals to meet the elite on the lawns of Low Wood Bay in the informal setting of a barbeque with entertainment from Burneside Brass Band. The event will take place on Friday 14th June from 6:30pm. (more…)
[ About This Video ]
The Big Chill swim took place at Low Wood Bay Marina on Saturday 2nd February 2013. It is billed as “one of the coldest swimming races you’ll ever do” and with the water temperatures hovering around 4.6 degrees in Lake Windermere on Saturday, it certainly was chilly!
The Big Chill Swim consists of the following events.
- 30m Penguin Dip (non competitive, any stroke)
- 30m Head up breaststroke
- 60m Freestyle
- 4 Person Relay
- 450m Endurance Swim
English Lakes submitted their very own team for the event consisting of brothers Ben and Elliot Berry and their cousin Emily Berry along with Tim Bell, Manager of Lancaster House. Congratulations to the team who come in first position out of the local teams and third overall in the relay events. All team members were new to the sport of Cold-water swimming. Victoria Tremlin from Zest was also new to the sport, she has also written about her first experience.
Thanks to Nevil Jeffery, Manager of Low Wood Bay for filming the video. Rob Berry, brother of Ben and Elliot from to the English Lakes swimming team and local photographer, was also there filming the event. See Rob’s fantastic video on YouTube.
To be honest, I prefer toasting my toes in front of a roaring fire, but there are those with a passion for all things cold.
‘The Iceman’ Breaks Another World Record
Last Saturday Wim Hoff, aka ‘The Iceman’ broke his own record by standing engulfed in 1,550 lbs of ice for an hour and 12 minutes! He also holds the world record for the longest swim whilst holding one’s breath under ice (188 feet, 6 inches).
For those of you who have a culinary interest in ‘cold’, the fastest time to make one gallon of slushie using a home made slushie machine currently stands at 3 minutes, 9.5 seconds. And if you ever have to rescue hot dogs from icy water using only your feet (what’s that about!), Hannah Mansour currently holds the record – 30 hot dogs from a bucket of ice water in only 54.64 seconds! (more…)