05/02/2012 by Carl Reynolds
Late for the races, but in plenty of time to enjoy the massed ranks of ice water swimming aficionados. The shallow end had been cleared and all and sundry were getting in for times various. Jackie Cobell (famous for the slowest Channel crossing ever) stayed in for just over ten minutes, but then she is part of Jack Bright’s Bering Straits relay team. Simon did his usual marathon head up breaststroke and Martin has ditched his wetsuit and is enjoying longer swims in just his budgie pouches.
Nando entertained all with his bombs and Jenny gathered cake for her and Adam before she swam – being well aware of the cake vultures circling around Mrs Ape’s latest – a double chocolate Bundt cake. Pip was wearing a Heath Robinson device on his head and taking live video of himself breaking the ice from below and the kids were building snowmen.
Mrs Ape and I both managed 266 yards, but she is now hardier than I, as she spends longer in the water. Temperature again a balmy 0 degrees C.
pics by Ape & Mrs Ape