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Event swimmers brave Salford Quays water

Great Salford Swim competitors
Image caption Up to 2,000 swimmers took part in the event

About 2,000 swimmers braved the cold waters of the Manchester ship canal for the inaugural Great Salford Swim.

Some of the world's leading open water swimmers - as well as members of the public - took part in the one mile race around Salford Quays.

With the temperature falling below 15C, wetsuits were compulsory for the event on Sunday.

Multiple world champion and Olympic medallist Thomas Lurz won the elite race in 16 minutes and 44 seconds.

Swimmers set off from dock number nine, near The Lowry arts centre, before traversing the Mariners Canal and finishing in dock number eight, next to the Watersports Centre.

The leader of Salford City Council, councillor John Merry, said: "This is a brand new swimming event and we are delighted to be hosting it here in Salford.

"Last year more than 50,000 people came along to our events bringing money to the city's economy and helping to put Salford on the map.

"I'm delighted to see new additions to our events calendar every year giving people a variety of world-class attractions right on their doorstops."

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