Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The second edition of the Chillswim Coniston 5.25 mile event was held yesterday under gorgeous conditions.

A sold-out crowd of 520 swimmers completed swimming the full length of Coniston in the Lake District of England. “There is a nice video news report by Fiona Marley Paterson of the Chillswim Coniston event by ITV News,” says race director Colin Hill here.

I think [reaching the maximum capacity of swimmers in the 5.25-mile event] shows that open water swimming is now one of the fast-growing sports in the country, but not only that, I thick the Lake District is the best place in the world for open water swimming.”

Today I think we’ve had a beautiful day for swimming,” commented Dion Harrison who won the Chillswim Coniston. “It’s perfect. Very, very calm. I always expect the Lake District to be choppy and wild and windy and it was like glass setting off. Beautiful swim. You sort of do the fist couple of k(ilometers) and then cut through between the island and the shore.”

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