Just home from our back-to-back competitions – UK Cold Water Swimming Championships in London and the Chill Swim in the Lake District. Both events were fantastic. In London we faced our COLDEST EVER TEMPERATURE at 1.7°C but, buoyed up by the excitement, we both completed the 450m Endurance Event in good times – Lottie was 34th in 9 mins 1 sec and Iona was 49th in 12 mins 44 secs. Once again, despite vowing NOT to eat hog roast before the race, we were unable to resist, and could easily have finished in the top 10 had we not both been so greedy. There were so many highlights – for Lottie, the re-appearance of “mankini man”, this year in a Union Jack design; and some disappointments – for Iona, the fact that no members of the armed forces attended the event. The biggest thrill of the day was when our friends the lovely ladies from Devon turned up out of the blue to surprise us – thank you girls! To end a perfect day we were presented with beautiful medals and certificates, and left the event laden with goodies.
Next up, the Chill Swim, in which we competed against World Record Holders and BEAT THEM!!!! Lottie won a medal for FIRST in our age group in the Endurance Event, and Iona won a fabulous Robie Robe for being the Toughest Endurance Swimmer (ie she stayed longest in the water, everyone else having already finished, dressed, and gone to dinner, before she doggy paddled to the finish line).
We were thrilled to hear talks and see films by really top ice swimmers and since the food provided at the evening events was so delicious and in seemingly unlimited supply we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this event to any swimmer.
Thanks to the organisers and volunteers at both events for all their hard work, which made both events such tremendous fun.
P.S. See our latest storm swim video here.