Iceberger News: Middle Brighton Annual Winter Races

The Mid-Brighton Baths held their annual winter races last Sunday 10th June. Glorious sunny weather prevailed for the swim with a water temperature of 11.8 C and an air temperature of about 8C after a clear night. It was bracing but there was no wind and with the sun shining on the backs of the swimmers, they likely felt it was just a bit warmer than the thermometer suggested!

There are 3 events to choose from at this fun, community event, namely a 1 lap ‘Ice cube’ dash from the far end of the Baths back to the beach, the ‘John Dineen’ Half Mile (3 laps around the Baths) and the ‘Harry Raisbeck’ Mile race (6 laps). Baths’ manager Matt Paynter decided to restrict numbers a little bit this year and the feedback from most participants was that it was a more enjoyable swim as a result. There wasn’t so much congestion at the turning buoys as has happened in recent years.

Melbourne/Australian sporting identity John Van Wisse, who is in training for a third crack at the ‘Arch to Arc’ enduro event from London to Paris this September, won the mile race, while Zack Apap took out both the Dash and the Half Mile events. Andrew Rosengren and Joe Tsalanidis were our fastest swimmers in the mile and half mile swims respectively. Nick Desira, Peter Grose, Keith Badger and Peter Homann also had solid swims in the longer event.