Cold Water Swimming Championships 2017

Tooting Bec Lido, London, Saturday 28 January 2017

A massive THANK YOU to all our competitors for making the 7th UK Cold Water Swimming Championships a rip roaring success. From leisure swimmers to club sprinters, sea bathers to channel swimmers, cold water newbies to ice-milers, young and old(er), swimmers came from far and wide to share in a wonderful day of ice-cold water fun and fierce competition.

This year we had an array of fabulous, ingenious and outlandish hats. We are bowled over by the talented and inventive milliners in our midst. With so many spectacular creations the judges awarded prizes to the top ten hats! Check out the best hats and the race results here.

Thank you to all our supporters who help make this event possible. To the caterers who provide delicious food and hot drinks. To the stall holders for their generosity in donating great prizes for the wonderful hats and the amazing raffle prizes. And to our lovely Lifeguards who are always there for us.

Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers who did us proud! This event would not happen without the hard work and dedication of over 180 volunteers who stuffed goody bags, timed races, baked cakes, made soup, filed race cards, carried bags, marshalled and briefed competitors, welcomed and stewarded the crowds and endlessly swept away the water from around the hot tubs, a thankless task! And all with a smile.

The next championships will be on 26 January 2019 – see you then!

Entry will open mid-November.

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