Swimmers are splash-hits

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LARGE lumps of ice at the open air swimming pool at Moreton Hall Health Club did not deter seven brave souls who took the plunge into freezing waters to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Members of the h2go swimming club at the Mount Road fitness centre took part in the money raising swim on New Year’s Day, raising £175.

Swimming co-ordinator Sue Brown said: “It was like swimming in a gin and tonic. We had to break the ice to get in. It was completely mad but fun.”

While open water swimming is often done in cold temperatures, people tend to wear wetsuits for that activity but the magnificent seven stripped down to trunks, costumes and T-shirts to take part after breaking the ice on the pool.

Swimmers were Sarah Johnston, Sue Brown, Ron Fisher, Neil Paterson, Emily Birrell, Jill Morris and Darren Betts.

After their brief but exhilarating dip, the swimmers enjoyed a warm up with a glass of mulled wine.

Sue said: “This was the first time we did this, but is probably not going to be the last.”