Christmas and New Year sporting events to join: readers’ tips

These bracing swims, runs and games, many on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, are the perfect kick-start after festive indulgences – with live music and fancy dress, too

What better way to shake off indulgences of New Year’s Eve than donning your Santa suit and having a little dip in the ocean. Westward Ho! hosts a fun-filled New Year’s Day event where swimmers dress in a Christmas theme. We’ve swum with elves, reindeer and grinches. We had a pre-dip warm-up with Woolly the Hilarious Sheep before embarking on a short swim from the stunning beach. There are no wetsuits allowed but the plentiful hot chocolate on your return will soon have you warmed up. There’s live music and lots of cheering spectators and this event, in its third year, is a wonderful way to spend New Year’s Day.
Lisa Anderson

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