• Luke Johnston

Whitehaven folk brave the cold for New Year's eve dip


Monday morning, New Years Eve was a chilly one for many... as sharks,  hot dogs and other fantastic outfits were spotted as many Whitehaven folk entered the water at Whitehaven harbour, to wave goodbye to 2018.

Beau McKee, 11, who is running for 501 consecutive days to support the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, started the event with dad Gary McKee. Beau ran to the beach from his Cleator Moor home to mark the 365th day of running, he was supported by his brother on his bike, his dad and Zak Anderson another young runner and a few others. Beau has recently hit £24,000 on his just giving page, and has raised over £25,000 collectively. 

Th festive fundraisers hit the water at 10am, all the different people who took part where raising money for charity, and there was many charities being represented, both local and national.

John O’Brien, one of the founders of the event which has been going for 20 years, when he spoke to the Whitehaven News he said: “We’re really happy with how the event has grown over the years. When we set it off in 1998 there were only about six people. Everyone raises money for their own charity, which is great.” 

See below for a picture special curtesy of Mike Mckenzie. 





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All attractions are now closed due to the Covid - 19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The majority of town centre stores have now reopened with social distancing in place

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