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Windermere 2016

Posted by TimR on February 9, 2016 at 5:05 AM Comments comments ()

Windermere 2016


And so it was with frivolity and good cheer

That the EGLST travelled to Windermere

To take part in the annual “Chillswim”

Despite the weather being predictably grim


On boarding the train, the boozing commenced

Leaving one passenger particularly incensed

Who despite her calling as a Buddhist monk

Took umbrage at the cans of carling being sunk!


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Ode to the EGLST

Posted by TimR on December 21, 2015 at 4:40 AM Comments comments ()

If in life you need a thrill,

Then make your way to Parliament Hill,

Where on weekend mornings the "ladies" meet,

Come rain or shine, snow or sleet.


The banter's great and there are always jokes,

From this band of eccentric blokes,

Whether teachers, lawyers, dentists or bankers,

You couldn't accuse this lot of being w&&kers!


They can't be missed with their sleek white caps,...

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Bus Day 2015

Posted by TimR on December 21, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments ()

Tis the season to be jolly,

And head to the ponds with a bottle of "Bolly",

To remember the reason why we all come here,

For the event that occurs just once a year.


Held in honour of a man named Kearney,

With whom we have shared this special journey,

On early mornings throughout the year,

Dressed in our East German replica gear.


Experiencing memories we’ll never forget,

Whether it&#...

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Pond Life: Lost Cap & Total Madness

Posted by Vikas Nanda on November 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM Comments comments ()


Pond Life: Typical weekend conversations !!

Ice: Much consternation this morning after leaving the pond.

It had occurred to me that I had not recalled packing my swimming cap post dip.

I returned to the cowshed, much to the amusement of teacher man, to establish its whereabouts,

It was nowhere to be seen. I have checked and it has not been handed in to the lifeguards.

It may be of course that some character such as Dunne or ...

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Is it just me? Gimp where are you?

Posted by Vikas Nanda on November 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments ()

Nick's openning volley on 30/10/2015

Are we missing a clarion call?

Gimp are you joining us tomorrow?



Andrew being helpful !!

I'll run and swim with you. Don't worry - YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Gets Nick going ( to a chorous of where's the Lithium) !!

But I feel so alone. During the day it's not so bad but it's the night time...

When the Demons come, the shadows of the past.

Old e...

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Homage to Ken

Posted by Vikas Nanda on April 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments ()

Tim Russell wrote on 21/4/2015

Homage to Ken

Where do we begin to tell the tale

Of Sailor boy’s quest for the holy grail

To receive the one and only award

Granted by the “Eis Balls committee board”?

The challenge was there and had to be met

To complete 31 swims and not forget

To send daily photos for all to see

Of his exploits in water under 10 degrees C

It started well...

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Illegal Welsh Swim. An Ode to Sailer Boy

Posted by Vikas Nanda on April 7, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments ()

On April 7, 2015 Iceman wrote:

To Kenneth

Our sailor boy made a mistake

By swimming alone in a lake

The signs were quite clear

Danger deepwater, You should'nt ouughta

Be swimming solo, in here.

In this instance young ken was not wise

Determined to not heed the signs

Despite nearby crowd he hollered aloud

And proceeded to his exercise.

At once he attracted the ...

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Cambridge 2015

Posted by Vikas Nanda on March 22, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments ()

On Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:35 Tim Russell wrote:


Inspired by this weekend's events, I have put pen to paper to record the following - hope you enjoy it!



Cambridge 2015

"Last call" announced the tannoy for the 17:44,

as the ladies met for their Cambridge tour,

and boarded the train with wine and beer,

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This morning's swim (and Vikas is OK!)

Posted by The Honey Badger on April 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

Nice swim this morning, with swans, ducks and old coots.  Sign said 9C, but I'm sure it was a little warmer. The good news is that Vikas resurfaced after being prodded by me.  Paul was assigned to look for him when he's there with his diving team on Wednesday.  Glad to see that Vikas is OK and plans to be back in the water this weekend.

26-27 April - this weekend's swims

Posted by The Honey Badger on April 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments ()


On Saturday, the Ice Man was able to cajole his son Charlie for another dip, for which Charlie was presented with a genuine East German Army Issue cap (as modelled by Bessie earlier this week) for "2 dips under 10C." Nick also brought Pablo from Mexico, who managed to swim 20 mins first time in. I repeat, Pablo's from Mexico. Another Vikas Nanda Conundrum in the making?


Today, Asa Burgess (discoverer of the Asa Burgess Paradox) won a cap for "most sub-10 sw...

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