Follow Dianne on social; via the #ChesterFrosties Facebook social swim group - open water swimming 365 days a year, regardless of the weather (created by Dianne in 2013) currently 2.3k members and over 1k followers on the Chester Frosties Open Water Swimming community FB Page.
About the swimmer; Due to the pandemic, I have only been dipping since last March 2020 due to lockdown regulations and limited access to open water and swimming pools closed. I am based in Chester Cheshire (North West) and in normal times, I swim in the local rivers, lakes, coast, forest meres and mountain lakes; in North Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Wirral and North Shropshire in skins throughout the year, come rain, shine or ice, with my #ChesterFrosties swim buddies! Plus, when it is safe to travel again, I enjoy joining swim camps in the Lake District. My longest swim was Chill Swim Coniston end to end 10k freestyle, a few years ago, (although it took me over 5 hours!) and I have Ullswater end to end booked in July but might have to push that back another year! I have swum in three English Channel relays and a Loch Ness relay attempt! I was nominated for the ‘Cheshire Woman of the Year Award 2020’ for my volunteer work encouraging OW swimmers, but this has been postponed until we can meet for the event. In the past I have appeared on a few TV shows, video promotions and magazines featuring open water and wild swimming, such as 'Walks with My Dog', 'Cheshire Housewives Tanya's Cold Water Therapy episode', 'Audi Destinations', 'Weight Watchers', 'This Girl Can campaign'.
Commitment; I need to build my strength, fitness and improve my pace; I think the #swimcouchto5k has arrived just at the right time and is an ideal challenge to regain our outdoor swimming mojo!!