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Monday, December 23, 2013
Most people are probably still thinking about their Christmas shopping.
But plans are already in place to shake off the stress - and run off the mince pies - at a trio of Boxing Day dips in Cromer, Mundesley and Overstrand.
Last year saw some record turn-outs at the events as courageous dippers took advantage of bright weather and relatively warmer waters to charge into the North Sea.
At Cromer, about £2,000 was raised in 2012 for the Benjamin Foundation at the dip that was organised as usual by North Norfolk Beach Runners (NNBR).
This year, the chosen charity is Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association (Nansa).
The charity was chosen because one of the NNBR members, Emily Haughan, from Roughton, has a daughter called May who has cerebral palsy. The family has received strong support from Nansa.
The dip takes place to the east of the pier at 11am. Runners are invited to assemble at 10am for a brisk warm-up along the cliffs to Overstrand.
Clive Hedges, chairman of NNBR, said: “It is a great spectacle. It has become part of the Christmas tradition.”
Brave participants can wear fancy dress but cannot wear a wetsuit and have to get their hair wet in the sea twice.
At Mundesley the dip, organised by the Friends of Mundesley Voluntary Inshore Lifeboat, takes place at 11am in front of the lifeboat station.
A bucket collection will be shared between Mundesley Junior School and Mundesley Scouts.
People of any age can take part and can wear fancy dress. There is a prize for the best dressed adult and child.
Swimmers can brave the North Sea from Overstrand beach, at the bottom of the main gangway, at 11.30am.
It is in aid of the Millennium Group playground, on the cliff top car park.
Swimmers should gather no later than 30 minutes before the dip and can wear fancy dress.