110 plunge into Windermere for Chillswim’s Boxing Day Dip

110 swimmers aged 6 to 60, many in fancy dress, turned up for the second Chillswim Boxing Day Dip, which took place at the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, Brockhole. Last year, 70 swimmers turned up.

In order to ensure a fun and safe event Chillswim had lifeguards, safety kayakers and the Red Cross on hand to make sure the event went smoothly and they created a 50 metre x 50 metre ‘pool’ in the lake with buoys and lane ropes to help define a safe swimming area. Chillswim also provided heated changing marquees and hot drinks to help warm up the swimmers once they were out of the 8 degree Celsius water.
Bruce Evans from Windermere won the fancy dress competition for the second year running with his ‘interesting’ tropical outfit while the Top Totties ladies, a group of local ladies dressed in evening gowns carrying a tray of Champagne glasses, won the prize for the best team.
The event is supported by the Lake District National Park.
Chillswim’s next event is the Big Chill Swim Windermere starting on 31 January 2015. The event sold out several weeks ago.

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