Win­ter swim­mers in their el­e­ment

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Cold- wa­ter swim­ming en­thu­si­asts, brave and hardy souls and those seek­ing to test their thresh­old for the cold will once again line up on the Pic­ton fore­shore for the More FM Mid­Win­ter Swim on Satur­day.

The an­nual event at­tracts a large crowd of swim­mers of all ages, who take the plunge into the freez­ing Marl­bor­ough Sounds wa­ter on the sec­ond-short­est day of the year.

In 2013 nearly 400 people took part, cheered on by their less col­dresis­tant sup­port­ers.

The event is free to en­ter, and there are a huge num­ber of spot prizes up for grabs, in­clud­ing the main prize of a high-wall Toshiba heat pump from Cud­don Air Con­di­tion­ing, in­stalled into a Marl­bor­ough home.

Leading the swim this year will be More FM pre­sen­ter Natasha Knox, who lost a time chal­lenge at Sta­dium 2000 yes­ter­day morn­ing against her col­leagues.

The event will dou­ble as a fundraiser for Pic­ton Pri­mary School, who will be sell­ing hot food on the day.

The Rarangi Surf Life Savers and St John’s Am­bu­lance will also be on site to en­sure ev­ery­one’s safety, while Bran­cott Es­tate will sup­ply hot wa­ter to be sprayed by the Blen­heim Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice for swim­mers af­ter their dip in the sea. Dress­ing up is en­cour­aged. The event has been held in much the same for­mat since 1972, and has be­come some­thing of an in­sti­tu­tion in Marl­bor­ough.

Reg­is­tra­tion start at noon and will close five min­utes be­fore the Melt­ing point: Snow­men Sa­van­nah Saun­ders, left, Alice Re­gan and Bray­don Pet­ti­grew warm up af­ter the More FM Mid-Win­ter Swim at Shelly Beach last year. start of the swim at 1pm sharp, fol­lowed by the prize-giv­ing.

If the weather has been wet in the days run­ning up to the swim it will move to Shelly Beach just around the cor­ner.

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