A record number of people took part in the Cromer Boxing Day Dip - which raised £2,500 for charity.

About 1,000 brave souls took the plunge in the North Sea as part of the annual festive tradition which has been taking place at Cromer beach since 1985.

The dip is organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners and raises money for different local charities each year.

The 2023 dip was in aid of Cromer Community and Hospital Friends – a charity helping to enhance care and treatment for patients across north Norfolk.

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“That was by far the most I’ve ever seen run into the sea,” Clive Hedges, who took charge of organising the event for the final time after 25 years, said.

“I can’t tell you the feeling I get when I stand on the sand with my back to the sea looking back at everyone and start the countdown.

“This year I had the privilege of wearing the GoPro on my chest and back for the photographer, so I was actually slightly ahead of the crowd, and it’s quite scary being chased down by 1,000 people.

"To raise £2,500 is incredible and will make a huge difference." 

North Norfolk News: Clive Hedges of the North Norfolk Beach Runners, who has organised the Cromer Boxing Day Dip for 25 yearsClive Hedges of the North Norfolk Beach Runners, who has organised the Cromer Boxing Day Dip for 25 years (Image: Karen Bethell)

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Mr Hedges stood down as a chair of the North Norfolk Beach Runners in March last year after more than a decade.

“It was incredible and I have to once again pay tribute to all those that helped keep us safe – the St John Ambulance, Coastguard and the life savers we had in the water as well,” he said.

“After 25 years, I will find Boxing Day quite strange if I’m not on the beach somewhere, so let’s see what happens.

North Norfolk News: The Cromer Boxing Day Dip 2023The Cromer Boxing Day Dip 2023 (Image: Adam Barker)

“I’m still heavily involved in the running club but after 11 years it’s time to hand the baton over to somebody else.

“We’re planning to form a committee for next year. We want the event to continue and it will probably be committee-led in the future.”

The new chair of the North Norfolk Beach Runners is Vanessa Dent.