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War­ren Ph­elops at Hamp­stead pond

WHEN WAR­REN Ph­elops started swim­ming reg­u­larly in Hamp­stead pond last sum­mer, it was more for en­joy­ment than en­durance. But then com­pet­i­tive spirit took over as he and his friends chal­lenged one an­other to see who could main­tain the regime the long­est.

The 51-year-old came up trumps, swim­ming ev­ery day in in­creas­ingly icy wa­ter un­til Christ­mas, rais­ing more than £500 in spon­sor­ship for Nor­wood. He now looks for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing Team GB at the Win­ter Swim­ming Games in Es­to­nia in March.

“Since a rugby in­jury in 2002 when I was nearly paral­ysed, I’ve been limited in sports I can pur­sue,” Mr Ph­elops said. “But I’ve been ac­tive in sport­ing chal­lenges in­clud­ing cy­cling, where I com­pleted the Etape du Tour [one of the hard­est stages of the Tour de France] for char­ity with my friend [and Nor­wood fundraiser] Ash­ley Ful­ton.

“The ul­ti­mate goal was to get to Christ­mas Day, which I achieved. But I’ve al­ready been back in since the New Year.

“It’s not some­thing you can take lightly as you can eas­ily end up with hy­pother­mia,” he added. “De­spite my ex­pe­ri­ence, I had one very wor­ry­ing in­ci­dent in the wa­ter in Novem­ber. You re­ally have to re­spect the con­di­tions.”

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