The Little Gloster certainly celebrated the spirit of the season and their first Christmas in December, with a Yuletide Market and well supported winter charity swim.
The sponsored ‘Dare to Brave It’ charity swim at The Little Gloster in Gurnard raised £566.91 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The grueling 300 metre course and nearly freezing temperatures showcased some of the islands most impressive sportsmen and women. First place was won by seasoned open water swimmer Dave Pearce (as pictured), second place by the youngest contestant, 13 year old Georgia Caws, who was the only swimmer to complete the full course without a wetsuit and third place won by Michelle Lock, one of the swimmers representing WightTri-Triathlon Club.
A special prize was awarded to Gary Martin, for participating in the best charitable spirit, having taken part in a rainbow hat, Hawaiian shirt and sandals after being pushed in by Ben Cooke, Head Chef at The Little Gloster.
Other participants included event organizer Holly Siddons from the Little Gloster, Dale Baker, Helen Symes and Jenny Ball from the Marlin’s Swim Club. Water support boats were kindly managed by Rob Proctor, whose son also competed in the swim.
Supported by nearly 200 revelers, The Little Gloster – renowned for their unpretentious food, good quality service and warm ambience – didn’t disappoint, offering customers inside or outside the opportunity to watch the swim in comfort.
All were handed a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate after the swim to warm everyone up before prize giving inside.
This was the first of many unique events planned for The Little Gloster, Ben & Jack Cooke and Holly Siddons couldn’t have been happier with how the day worked out.
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