Swimmers dive in for New Year wake-up call

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More than 100 swimmers braved the icy cold on New Year’s Day to take a chilly dip in the open-air swimming pool in Hathersage.

Some wore wetsuits, some just their swimming costumes and a smile, as they took to the water – which was a bracing 5.5C – for a few invigorating laps.

There was a steady supply of swimmers at Hathersage

There was a steady supply of swimmers at Hathersage

“We had such a great turnout, we were really thrilled so many people embraced the idea of starting 2014 with a true wake-up call,” said lifeguard Christine Wilkinson.

Christine, aged 59, has been swimming at Hathersage for more than 30 years and took to the water herself for a few minutes.

She said: “It was exactly as you’d expect – cold! But it’s a beautiful location and a great start to the year. Plus, it was raining overhead while people were in the water, so it was an experience!”

This is the first year Hathersage Swimming Pool has held its New Year’s Day ‘chilly dip’ but bosses are hoping the tradition will catch on.

Izzy Kate and Vic enjoying their dip at Hathersage

Izzy Kate and Vic enjoying their dip at Hathersage

Christine added: “It was a great personal challenge for people to say they’ve done, something different after a Christmas relaxing in front of the fire with a box of chocolates.

“We had warm refreshments, hot drinks and live musicians, so it was a really fantastic atmosphere.”

The pool opens for the next season on March 22 with its annual charity swimathon.

n Visit www.hathersageswimmingpool.co.uk for information.