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Thousands take the plunge in Windermere's Great North Swim

DESPITE the wet and windy conditions, thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on the challenge of the John West Great North Swim.

Open water enthusiasts, aged from eight to over 80 dived into the waters of Windermere to take on distances ranging from a beginners 250 meters all the way up to the gruelling 10km ‘marathon’ swim.

For the third year running, the event also featured the increasingly popular SwimRun, an off road, open-water, island hopping adventure.

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