In October British Olympic swimming legend Duncan Goodhew dropped into LIFE at Troutbeck Bridge on his way to Scotland. Having missed out this year swimming in Windermere Lake during the Great North Swim cancelled due to algae in the lake over the weekend of the 6th September when some 8000 swimmers were due to compete in the Great North Swim sponsored by British Gas.
Duncan asked if some of the Troutbeck Lake swimmers would accompany him on a swim in the lake.
The call went out on facebook at lunchtime for experienced swimmers to join Duncan at Miller Ground Windermere for this impromtu swim and by 3.00pm the assembled team had joined Duncan ready for the half mile swim.
This was mid October and the lake swimming season had already ended at the end of September, the temperature in the lake drops rapidly from October onwards and temperature of the lake on this day was just 12 degrees so wet suits were necessary.
Afterwards there was time for a photoshoot with Duncan holding one of the Troutbeck Bridge Swimming Club hats.
Here is Duncan preparing for his swim in Windermere lake.
This is the landing stage at Miller Ground Windermere.
In Victorian times Miller Ground was a popular bathing area within the lake for public swimming. There was even a diving board and swimming gala’s were held regularly in the summer months in the lake. Kendal Swimming Club was formed in the 1890’s and lake swimming became very popular.
Troutbeck Bridge Pool was built in 1974 located between Windermere and Ambleside along the A591. This public pool served the communities of Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside and Coniston and all surrounding villages, with so much water around us it’s important that our younger generation learn to swim at an early age and feel comfortable around water. We’re pleased to say that today in 2010 we still teach 750 children to swim every week at Troutbeck Bridge Pool.
Duncan has offerred to keep in touch with his new lake swimming friends from Troutbeck Bridge and help in any way possible in the future to raise the profile of swimming at LIFE at Troutbeck Bridge and safe lakes swimming during the warmer summer months.