Courtesy of Doug Woodring, Hong Kong.

36-year-old Julie Newton traveled from Singapore to brave the January weather and water in Hong Kong. She won the bioprene category (non-wetsuit) at the 15 km Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim from Stanley Main Beach to Deep Water Bay Beach for the second year in a row.

The last person to beat her in the “Naturally Ocean” division was Ned Denison who flew in from a winter of training in Ireland in the 2017 race.

The 1.5 km Cold Plunge was also held in Deep Water Bay Beach as part of the Cold Half event.

15 km Cold Half Wetsuited & Buoyant Results:
1. Fredric Liljestroem 3:10:21
2. Mark Stamper 3:49:30
3. Gorana Pogancev 3:59:09 [1st female]
4. James Paton 4:17:18
5. Mark McWhinnie 4:36:11
6. Torsten Van Dullemen 4:46:04
7. Mayank Vaid 5:02:28
8. James Byers 5:20:27

15 km Cold Half Naturally Ocean [non-wetsuit] Results:
1. Julie Newton 4:31:21 [1st female]
2. Gracie van der Byl 4:35:17 [2nd female]
3. Derek Bissett 4:45:57
4. Edie Hu 4:48:02 [3rd female]

1.5 km Top 10 Cold Plunge Wetsuited & Buoyant Results:
1. Matthieu Barry 22:38
2. Boet van den Heuvel 22:48
3. Marc Petters 24:07
4. Sam Nunn 27:18
5. Joel Jack Wilson 29:17
6. Samantha Holyoak 29:23 [1st female]
7. Li Chan 29:38
8. Thomas Charrette 29:46
9. Derk van den Heuvel 30:07
10. Chris Head 30:11

1.5 km Top 10 Cold Plunge Naturally Ocean [non-wetsuit] Results:
1. Andrew Waters 23:12
2. Scott Burton 24:09
3. Dave Woodring 24:45
4. Andrew Kehoe 26:21
5. Ellie Kehoe 29:19
6. Sam Farrands 29:35
7. Stephen Rudall 29:53
8. Donna Chow 30:25 [1st female]
9. Jack Palmer 30:56
10. Michael Chun Chi Tsang 33:36

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