An innovative training programme will see world record holders from the ice swimming world compete against novices at the Ireland Ice Swimming Championships at Camlough Lake, Northern Ireland, next weekend.
The Cold Half 14km marathon swim took place in Hong Kong at the weekend. Seven solo swimmers and 16 two-person relay teams set off in tough conditions on Saturday morning from Tai Tam Bay. But the challenge of choppy water and 15 to 20 knot winds meant that only two of the seven soloists finished the course.
At H2Open we like to practise what we preach and join events when we can. If this means stripping off and plunging into cold water in the name of journalism, so be it.
While winter swimmers in the UK make the most of the cold weather, on the other side of the world the open water swimming season is well under way. The State Capital Classic, the third in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series of six races, took place yesterday, 25 January, in Oriental Bay, Wellington.
This weekend more than 800 competitors will brave snow and cold weather warnings to converge on the Lake District for the third Big Chill Swim. The event takes place at Low Wood Bay Marina, Windermere, 31 January to 1 February.
Crazy hats and costumes were out in full force this weekend, as over 600 swimmers from around the world took part in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido, south London, on Saturday.
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Capp and Robinson win State Capital Classic in New Zealand
Big Chill Swim swimmers look forward to Arctic blasts this weekend
Hats off to cold water swimmers