Spartans young and old join in Christmas Day swim

Bournemouth Echo: Spartans young and old join in Christmas Day swim Spartans young and old join in Christmas Day swim

SOME call them brave, others think they are slightly mad.

But the Bournemouth Spartans took to the freezing waters for their annual Christmas Day swim.

Around 40 members of the group made the dip at Boscombe, watched by several hundred onlookers.

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts was on hand to lend his support and judge the fancy dress competition.

Chairman of the Spartans, Dave O’Donnell said: “It was pretty rough but everyone had a good time and seemed to enjoy themselves.”

He added: “It seems to have become a bit of a tradition for many people to come along and watch us go in.”

The Spartans have been going since 1951 and Dave joined in 1962.

“Hopefully I have got a few years left in me yet,” he said.

“We have lost a few members but a lot of new ones have come through recently so we are in quite a good position.”

The oldest member is Jack Willmott who is in his mid 90s.

Anyone interested in joining the Spartans can ring Dave on 01202 518284

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9:51am Fri 28 Dec 12

elite50 says...

About 50 years ago I, along with 4 mates decided to go for a New Year swim.
We did not feel the cold (alcohol has that effect, for a while).
As we left the water, the cold started to seep into us (in a big way).
I started to jump up and down to try and keep warm.
I looked down and found that I was jumping up and down on the side of my foot.
When I thawed out I found that I had a badly broken ankle.
End of New year swimming (my ankle still aches when it gets cold!).
About 50 years ago I, along with 4 mates decided to go for a New Year swim. We did not feel the cold (alcohol has that effect, for a while). As we left the water, the cold started to seep into us (in a big way). I started to jump up and down to try and keep warm. I looked down and found that I was jumping up and down on the side of my foot. When I thawed out I found that I had a badly broken ankle. End of New year swimming (my ankle still aches when it gets cold!). elite50
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3:29pm Fri 28 Dec 12

l'anglais says...

elite50 wrote:
About 50 years ago I, along with 4 mates decided to go for a New Year swim.
We did not feel the cold (alcohol has that effect, for a while).
As we left the water, the cold started to seep into us (in a big way).
I started to jump up and down to try and keep warm.
I looked down and found that I was jumping up and down on the side of my foot.
When I thawed out I found that I had a badly broken ankle.
End of New year swimming (my ankle still aches when it gets cold!).
Things are starting to become clearer.
Would you say that your mental judgement has subsequently been affected by this escapade?
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: About 50 years ago I, along with 4 mates decided to go for a New Year swim. We did not feel the cold (alcohol has that effect, for a while). As we left the water, the cold started to seep into us (in a big way). I started to jump up and down to try and keep warm. I looked down and found that I was jumping up and down on the side of my foot. When I thawed out I found that I had a badly broken ankle. End of New year swimming (my ankle still aches when it gets cold!).[/p][/quote]Things are starting to become clearer. Would you say that your mental judgement has subsequently been affected by this escapade? l'anglais
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6:04am Sat 29 Dec 12

Dorset Delight says...

Ouch, you have my sympathy.

However, as a proud member of The Spartans, I feel alcohol as opposed to the swim caused your trauma.

Daily sea swimming is the best.

Happy 2013 all.
Ouch, you have my sympathy. However, as a proud member of The Spartans, I feel alcohol as opposed to the swim caused your trauma. Daily sea swimming is the best. Happy 2013 all. Dorset Delight
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11:41am Sat 29 Dec 12

elite50 says...

l'anglais wrote:
elite50 wrote:
About 50 years ago I, along with 4 mates decided to go for a New Year swim.
We did not feel the cold (alcohol has that effect, for a while).
As we left the water, the cold started to seep into us (in a big way).
I started to jump up and down to try and keep warm.
I looked down and found that I was jumping up and down on the side of my foot.
When I thawed out I found that I had a badly broken ankle.
End of New year swimming (my ankle still aches when it gets cold!).
Things are starting to become clearer.
Would you say that your mental judgement has subsequently been affected by this escapade?
Not really, Had I looked down and been jumping on some "wannabe Frenchmans" head the softness of it would have cusioned my foot.
Like all real (and imagined) Frenchmen they are never around when needed!
Slime away Froggie!
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: About 50 years ago I, along with 4 mates decided to go for a New Year swim. We did not feel the cold (alcohol has that effect, for a while). As we left the water, the cold started to seep into us (in a big way). I started to jump up and down to try and keep warm. I looked down and found that I was jumping up and down on the side of my foot. When I thawed out I found that I had a badly broken ankle. End of New year swimming (my ankle still aches when it gets cold!).[/p][/quote]Things are starting to become clearer. Would you say that your mental judgement has subsequently been affected by this escapade?[/p][/quote]Not really, Had I looked down and been jumping on some "wannabe Frenchmans" head the softness of it would have cusioned my foot. Like all real (and imagined) Frenchmen they are never around when needed! Slime away Froggie! elite50
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8:04pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Steatoda says...

Surely the 200 non-spartans that swam for Macmillan was more worthy of a news report than this?
Surely the 200 non-spartans that swam for Macmillan was more worthy of a news report than this? Steatoda
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4:18pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Dorset Delight says...

Steatoda

Agreed, the Macmillan and other charitable Festive Period swims are noteworthy.

However, judgemental isn't pretty and I think you will find The Spartans also carry out do charitable works/swims without making a hoo-ha about it.

Hope 2013 is proving happy for you.
Steatoda Agreed, the Macmillan and other charitable Festive Period swims are noteworthy. However, judgemental isn't pretty and I think you will find The Spartans also carry out do charitable works/swims without making a hoo-ha about it. Hope 2013 is proving happy for you. Dorset Delight
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9:04pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Steatoda says...

Not being judgemental just stating the obvious, seeing as we were there at the same time you would have thought we'd at least get a mention!
Not being judgemental just stating the obvious, seeing as we were there at the same time you would have thought we'd at least get a mention! Steatoda
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