Four New Ice Miles (str)


Today saw four new Ice Miles being achieved at Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre (subject to ratification) in 3.5ºc water and 1.8ºc air temperatures.


First Away was Carol Lord (birthday girl) who completed her swim in 44.42 finishing strongly and recovering well. See how to wear a hat at the bottom of this page –


Second swimmer away was the returning Phil Jackson, who is tacking virtually every known swimming challenge this year. Phil completed his swim in 31.08s with barely a shiver to show for his silky smooth swim.


Third away was Nikki Pope, we have had the pleasure of chatting to Nikki several times in the run up to her ice mile, and having followed her progress we knew that she is a steady and strong swimmer, little did we know how strong. Nikki was provided with the support to Swim her Swim and from start to finish she maintained a consistent stroke rate which didn’t falter. Nikki completed her mile in 1:00.24s which takes her firmly and unexpectedly into the extreme ice mile catergory.


The final swimmer to enter the water this morning was Paul White from Tynemouth Open Water Swimmers who set off at a blistering pace, finishing in 35.56 after the cold slowed him down on the second lap. He still managed an excellent finish leaving the water virtually unaided and recovered well. T.W.A.T.S last week T.O.S.S.E.R.S this week, fingers crossed for next week.


Well done to you all, it was a pleasure watching you achieve your goals.


Our thanks and appreciation as always to the army of volunteers who filmed, crewed, escorted, dressed and supported all of the swimmers today, you’re help is as always greatly appreciated.


Now enjoy a short video of our recovering birthday girl …