Pictures: Splashing time at Great Newham London Swim

PUBLISHED: 10:42 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:42 21 July 2015

Swimmers take to the water

Swimmers take to the water

Laura Radford Photography

Swimmers braved the chilly waters of the Royal Victoria Dock to take part in the Great Newham London Swim.

The open-water course saw 1,500 swimmers of all ages and abilities tackle either a half-mile or one-mile swim, many doing so in the name of charity.

Among the famous faces making a splash on Saturday were television presenter Andy Akinwolere and Towie star Ferne McCann.

She said: “When you’re doing 
it – when you’re in the water, you’re on your own – that’s daunting.

The Great Newham London Swim was the fourth Great Swim event of 2015.

It finished alongside the ExCel and participants were supported by a team of safety kayakers and lifeguards.

Alex Jackson, Great Swim Series event director said: “It’s been a fantastic day at the Royal Victoria Dock – the amazing weather, inspirational swimmers and enthusiastic supporters have made it an event to remember.

“We want to say a huge well done to everyone who took part and thank our partners Newham Council and the Royal Docks for their support.”

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