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Record numbers brave icy sea temperatures for Cromer's 30th annual Boxing Day dip

PUBLISHED: 16:24 26 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:47 27 December 2018

Cromer Boxing Day dip. Helen Jewers with her mum and brother.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Boxing Day dip. Helen Jewers with her mum and brother. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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More than 300 festive fundraisers braved sea temperatures as low as four degrees, to take part in Cromer's 30th annual Boxing Day dip.

Crowds in their thousands lined the promenade and pier to watch, as wacky characters ranging from Santa and his elves, to Robin Hood and Friar Tuck, sprinted into the icy waves in aid of the Norwich and central Norfolk branch of mental health charity Mind.

The event, which is organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners, has grown year on year since just a handful of club members decided to go for a Boxing Day swim for fun in 1988.

Cromer Boxing Day dip. Friar Tuck and Robin Hood get ready to brave the waves.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Boxing Day dip. Friar Tuck and Robin Hood get ready to brave the waves. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Kicking off with a 40-minute fun run from Cromer pier to Overstrand and back, this year’s event was dedicated to the memory of local teenager Nyall Brown, who took his own life six months ago after struggling with mental ill-health.

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Cromer Boxing Day dip. Swimmers line up at the start line on the beach.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Boxing Day dip. Swimmers line up at the start line on the beach. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

A keen sportsman, Nyall regularly attended North Norfolk Beach Runners meetings with his father Mearl, who was among those taking part in the dip.

For Billie Goldsmith, of Holt, who signed up for the swim for the fourth year running with her husband Sean, the event was a “big adrenaline rush”, as well as being an opportunity to raise funds for a cause very close to her heart.

Cromer Boxing Day dip. Organiser Clive Hedges, who has only missed the annual event once in 24 years.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Boxing Day dip. Organiser Clive Hedges, who has only missed the annual event once in 24 years. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“Mind means a lot to me as my mum suffered from depression and took her own life six years ago,” she said.

Others taking part included the Jewers family, who turn out for the Boxing Day dip and the annual New Year’s Day swim at Sheringham every year, to Sheringham Primary School PE teacher Zoe Parish, a Beach Runners member who signed up with her mum Wendy.

Cromer Boxing Day dip.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Boxing Day dip. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“It’s just exhilarating,” she said. “It’s absolutely freezing when you are standing waiting on the beach, but when you get in, it’s just exhilarating.”

Long-standing club member Clive Hedges, who has only missed taking part in the dip once in 24 years, hoped to top last year’s total of more than £4,400.

Cromer Boxing Day dip.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Boxing Day dip. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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“I think we have definitely seen a record turnout this year,” he said. “We were worried as the tide was a bit high, but nobody seemed to mind and, at 4.2 degrees, the sea was just balmy!”

Cromer Boxing Day dip.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Boxing Day dip. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Mr Hedges thanked all those who had supported the event, including dippers, spectators and Cromer RNLI, St John Ambulance and Cromer Coastguard.

Donations to the event can still be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nnbeachrunners

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Cromer Boxing Day dip.
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Cromer Boxing Day dip.
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Cromer Boxing Day dip.
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Cromer Boxing Day dip.
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