The winter swimmers taking on the Beast from the East – in pictures

While the weather is causing havoc across the UK, some hardy souls have embraced the cold by going for a (quick) dip. For more on cold water swimming, visit the Outdoor Swimming Society

Paul of Brighton Swimming Club. If you want to know the difference between a hardcore winter swimmer and run of the mil winter swimmer the hardcore don’t wear neoprene shoes, gloves and hats! I wear gloves and hat, with out gloves once you get out you can no longer use your hands even for simple tasks. #snow #wildswimming #brighton #pier #brightonpier #snow #swimmer

Swimming with old pals in Sheffield. Air around -6°C, water around 3°C. . . . . . . . . #nowetsuit #sheffield #sheffieldissuper #yorkshire #outdoorswimmingsociety #outdoorswimming #wildswimming #urbanswimming #gay #gayotter #gayginger #winterswimming #iceswimming #snowswimming #coldexposure #beastfromtheeast

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