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They are all mad in Doncaster

Sarah Hicks underwent a swimming conversion in south Yorkshire

On a warm Friday in July last year I travelled a nightmare 9 ½ hours on gridlocked motorways from Pembrokeshire to Yorkshire. I was enrolled on the first ever STA Level 2 Award in Open Water Swimming Coaching qualification course at Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre in Doncaster.

Now, I admit to not knowing the north of England very well, but I did wonder why a landlocked area of Yorkshire was holding such a prestigious event. That was, until I got to the venue. Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre is renowned for Ice Miles (swimming a mile in water of 5 degrees Celsius or less. In only a swimming costume and thin hat. For fun). Piers Morgan was once quoted as saying: ‘hey are all mad in Doncaster.’ I had to agree with him!

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