Too cold for a swim? Not for these two ladies

Lynne Le Roux and Marilyn Jones agree that wearing wetsuits to swim in the ocean is cheating.
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Lynne Le Roux and Marilyn Jones agree that wearing wetsuits to swim in the ocean is cheating.

Two Taranaki women who've been swimming in the ocean, almost, everyday for the past 16 months say wearing a wetsuit is "cheating".

Marilyn Jones and Lynne Le Roux first met 29 years ago and since November 2015 have been taking a dip at New Plymouth's East End Beach most mornings.

Le Roux said the only time the pair didn't swim was when it was stormy and unsafe.

Lynne Le Roux and Marilyn Jones only swim at East End Beach.
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Lynne Le Roux and Marilyn Jones only swim at East End Beach.

"There's usually lots of rips or debris floating about in a storm. There's also no one else here to save you,"  the 58-year-old said.

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"If there's bluebottles on the beach we just won't go in. There were sea lice last year too."

Cold weather and chilly water has not stopped Lynne Le Roux and Marilyn Jones swimming almost every day at East End Beach.
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Cold weather and chilly water has not stopped Lynne Le Roux and Marilyn Jones swimming almost every day at East End Beach.

The hardcore pair will often swim for 10-15 mins in their lycra or gym gear, but never in a wetsuit and never anywhere else but East End Beach.

"Wetsuits are cheating," they said together.

"This is just our beach, you're either a Fitzroy or an East Ender and we're East Enders," Le Roux said.

The water temperature off the Taranaki coast has been a little colder this summer, averaging about 16 degrees celsius, but it hasn't deterred the duo one bit.

"If you go with someone else you're usually too busy talking to notice how cold it is," Le Roux said.

"It's warmer under the water than above it. But we're definitely grateful there's a shower on the beach though," Jones added.

Jones, 63, said she took up swimming to help her stop smoking.

"Rather than smoking this has become my regular morning thing. So then I just gave up."

The health benefits of cold water swimming are backed up by research, which shows it can boost your immune system, improve blood circulation as well as offer an all-natural high - something pair were finding themselves.

"You come out feeling great, and it keeps you really happy," Le Roux said.

"We probably feel more healthy than anything."

And with fine spells and 23 degrees predicted for Tuesday there's no doubts the pair will be in the water again.

"See you in the morning," Jones said to Le Roux as they left the beach.

 - Stuff

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