Great Britain /UK

Christmas Day - Charmouth, Great Britain

Saturday, 25 December, 2010 - 10:00

A windswept, sandy beach with rocky bits!

Fancy Dress Swim, 11:00am sharp, in aid of Lyme Regis RNLI.

Contact: The Royal Oak

Christmas Day Swim - Boscombe Pier 2010, Great Britain

Saturday, 25 December, 2010 - 09:45

The Bournemouth Spartans Winter Sea Swimming Club host a very popular Christmas morning swim in the English Channel.

Crazy outfits are an intergral (if optional) part of the fun in and out of the water;  and in recent years, the Mayor of Bournemouth has attended to judge the best-dressed man and woman in front of the large crowds.

Meet to the East of Boscombe pier for for 10:45am for an 11:00am start.

Boxing Day Swim - Ventnor, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

Sunday, 26 December, 2010 - 10:00

The Ventnor Boxing Day dip is in it's 29th year and usually attracts over 50 'brave' swimmers/dippers including children. Fancy dress is optional!

This event helps to raise funds for the island charity PATCH - Peoples Approach to Cancer Help - which helps and supports islanders to travel to the mainland for Cancer treatment.

The dip is at midday prompt and the main meeting area is at the clock tower. The pubs are open all along the Esplanade from 11am for warmth, good food and 'hot toddy'.

Bembridge Life Boat are on hand should any hardy soul take it upon themselves to attempt to carry on over to France (not to support them but to fish 'em out)!

Boxing Day Swim - Guernsey, Great Britain

Sunday, 26 December, 2010 - 10:00

An annual swim in the English Channel attended by 200+ swimmers. 11am, Boxing Day, Cobo Bay, Guernsey. Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club:

Spanish adventure for top swimmers Payne and Patten

The original article by Sean Kelly is posted (with picture) on Manchester Evening News since December 08, 2010

Our top swimmers have left snowy Stockport and flown to snowy Spain! The team from Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC have all gone to a high altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Granada.

At 2,320m above sea level, the air is much thinner here so the first week has been fairly easy with slow swimming until we acclimatise.

Included on the camp are Olympic medallists Cassie Patten and Keri-Anne Payne – they are more suited to distance swimming and will be swimming around 80km next week.

December Dip kicks of festive swimming season

The original article by Jane-Ann is posted (with picture) on Shaw Method since December 7, 2010

Fancy a tramp through the snow to swim in an unheated lido? Our trusty outdoor swimming correspondent Phil Heath stepped up to the challenge. Here’s his report …

Since 2008, the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) have held a swim on the first Saturday in December at Parliament Hill Lido, North London. The object of the exercise is to meet up with fellow like minded OSS swimmers, swim at least two widths of the pool, chat, eat mince pies and drink mulled wine. What could be simpler than that? Nothing except that the pool is 28 metres wide, unheated and likely to be well below 10ºc.

Kevin Murphy King of the English Channel

The original article is posted by Matt Murphy on Marathonswimmer since December 1, 2010


In 2010 it is 47 years since Kevin Murphy’s first long-distance swimming race and he is still completing marathon swims at the highest level. The year 2008 was the 40th anniversary of his first Channel swim and currently he holds the “King of the English Channel” male record with 34 crossings including three two-ways. In 2009 he passed his 60th birthday and another Channel swim was planned but in August he suffered a heart attack and underwent by-pass surgery. The doctors have told him:”You will be able to do things you could never do before.”