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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > Apr/May 2016 > BY HECK! YORKSHIRE LEADS THE WORLD IN ICE MILES


A swimming club from Yorkshire has helped knock South Africa off the top of the international ice mile table by completing an incredible 22 Ice Miles in recent months, the highest number recorded anywhere in the world at a single club. Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers now lead the world in Ice Miles and their base at Harthill reservoir is officially the leading ice mile swim centre on the planet.

Members of the club have officially completed 29 Ice Miles, more than half of the UK’s overall total of 54. One of the Yorkshire club’s swimmers, Wendy Figures, became the world’s leading female ice miler when she completed her fifth Ice Mile in 35 minutes 27 seconds.

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