Ice swimmer Cath Pendleton AKA The Merthyr Mermaid talks to Annie and Louise about her love of swimming, life in lockdown and a life with many challenges
In the third episode of season three of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to ice swimmer Cath Pendleton.
Cath Pendleton is an NHS worker from Merthyr Tydfil. She's also known as The Merthyr Mermaid and is the subject of a BBC Wales documentary. Cath works for the NHS' smoking cessation team - and managed to fit in her impressive training into her day-to-day life.
Cath took up wild swimming after discovering the calming and therapeutic effects of the cold water. She found her ‘reset button’ whilst swimming in the cold waters of the local lakes and reservoirs around the area.
Cath's impressive feat is becoming the first person to swim a mile in the Antarctic Polar Circle – the coldest place on earth. She prepared for the challenge by training in her shed - and when we say training, we mean, lying in a chest freezer.
Cath’s previous achievements include swimming the English Channel in 2018, which began with her spontaneously googling “how do you swim the Channel” one night. Following that, she was then incredibly selected to represent Great Britain at the World Ice Swimming Championships in Russia, where she came third in her age group.
Cath is planning to complete the seven swim Ice Sevens challenge in 2022.
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