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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Big Chill Swim 1000 Results: 1 km @ 6.4ºC
Windermere was downright inhospitable with strong winds, overcast skies, and 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) water temperatures.
But the ice swimmers entered in the Big Chill Swim Winter Swimming Gala in Windermere, England only smiled and cheered one another on. There were no grumbles or gripes about the conditions.
"[6.4ºC is] balmy."
"Not bad at all."
"Just get on with it."
The strong winds blowing across the deepest section of Windermere generated whitecaps on the lake and rough water within the marina pool at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel. As a result, the ice swimmers had to navigate turbulence in addition to having to look up because staring down into the cold inky blackness only resulted in running into the lane lines.
But the complaints were as numerous as the palm trees lining Windermere: zero.
The ice swimmers were impressive from the fastest (Christof Wandratsch of Germany in 12 minutes 42 seconds) to the least fastest (Julie Lloyd of Britain in 26 minutes 26 seconds).
But because of the rapidly increasing windy conditions, event organizer Colin Hill started to move the events forward. All the ice swimmers adapted to the situation and simply got on with it.
But world-class ice swimmers Christof Wandratsch of Germany, Henri Kaarma of Estonia and Paul Smith of the UK all decided to swim head-to-head in the same heat. It was a marvelous mano-a-mano contest in rough water conditions as Wandratsch took off in a sub-1:15 pace per 100m and never looked back.
Women's Big Chill Swim 1000 Results @ 6.4ºC (43.5ºF):
Jess Campbell (45-49 age group) 15:01.20
Wendy Figures (50-54) 15:56.56
Lucy Donnelly (40-44) 16:02.16
Jaimie Monahan (30-39) 17:37.00
Alexia O'Mara (20-29) 17:50.01
Andrea Startin (40-44) 18:05.52
Catherine Hartle (55-59) 18:07.08
Cath Pendleton (40-44) 19:19.91
Viki Brice (45-49) 20:50.57
Helen Beveridge (45-49) 21:09.20
Alison Brisby (30-39) 21:34.88
Sarah Taylor (50-54) 23:14.53
Naomi Wakeford (50-54) 24:52.02
Jackie Cobell (60-64) 25:07.33
Rosalind Edmonds (55-59) 25:09.42
Paula Cherriman (50-54) 25:27.64
Emma Cummings (40-44) 25:59.40
Victoria Moore (30-39) 26:11.36
Julie Lloyd (55-59) 26:26.73
Men's Big Chill Swim 1000 Results @ 6.4ºC (43.5ºF):
Christof Wandratsch (50-54) 12:42.27
Henri Kaarma (40-44) 13:50.48
Paul Smith (50-54) 14:08.20
Julian Taylor (20-29) 15:56.02
Tobias Hirst (30-39) 16:04.50
Graeme Lowe (50-54) 18:19.09
Stuart Hinde (50-54) 18:25.63
Ger Kennedy (45-49) 18:28.66
Adrian Sarchet (40-44) 18:43.64
David Stewart (40-44) 19:04.57
Mick Hinde (45-49) 20:13.84
Bryn Dymott (50-54) 20:45.34
Hywel Davies (45-49) 21:29.93
Mark Cohen (40-44) 23:07.06
Mike Durkin (50-54) 24:17.13
Louis Lecocq (55-59) 26:10.31
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