Are you up for St Albans’ Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day?

Polar Bear Plunge preview.

Polar Bear Plunge preview. - Credit: Archant

Why not start 2017 as you mean to go on with a bracing outdoor dip in an open air pool?

Ed Suttie, fresh from conquering the North Pole, is bringing back his popular Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. With plenty of hot chocolate, cakes, music, face painting, children’s activities, spectators to cheer the plucky plungers on and even a bar, this promises to be a fun-packed event for all the family.

Join Ed and his wife, Clare, from 11:30am till 4pm at St Albans Sub Aqua Club on Cottonmill Lane for a sponsored dip with a difference. Don your swimming cozzie or your favourite onesie: last year saw a penguin, giraffe and group of tutu-bedecked snowmen diving in to raise funds. This year all monies raised will be split between Rennie Grove and Earthworks.

Last year’s event attracted 151 plucky plungers ranging in age from five to 66 years in age with more than 150 spectators to cheer them on, and raised £5,093.28.

Sue Wybrow from Popdance: “Isn’t it what all businesses in St Albans do on a December Monday morning to get their day started? I am totally in awe of all the amazing things Clare and Ed have done and do for Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Earthworks - I am honoured to be involved - deffo get your bottom down to the lido on New Year’s Day - it’s great fun, great community spirit and very invigorating!”

St Albans Mayor Cllr Frances Leonard, will be opening the plunge and said: “Help support this fun event by taking the plunge and jumping into the pool on New Year’s Day to raise money for these two worthy causes. It will be a refreshing way to start to the New Year!”

Ele Stevens, last year’s Barefoot Accountant said at last year’s event: “This morning I was seriously questioning my sanity signing up for the pre-plunge. After the initial shock of the cold (and yes, it was very cold), I felt invigorated and a bit pleased with myself. I would definitely do it again and highly recommend it.”

Book a slot in advance for £12.50 (adults) and £5 (children). Prizes for youngest plunger, oldest plunger, best fancy dress, best corporate effort, best team effort and more.