The Chatter Challenge

The Chatter Challenge - A UK-Wide Winter Swim Challenge encompassing Friendship, Fun and Community whilst Setting Personal Goals, Raising Money For Charity and Receiving Free Kit.
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  • "I am so proud to be a part of this tribe. Thanks to everyone for making it all so fun. Let’s make next year even more amazing. Thank you so much to our chatter goddess, Jacqui. You’ve made something totally fantastic come alive for all of us. Thank you to everyone for playing full out, for being awesome and showing true community spirit through this mad, mad winter. Here’s to the #chattertribe, warm weather dipping and of course the next winter Chatter Challenge.  I CAN’T WAIT"
    Estelle Z-M (49)
  • "Thank you, Jacqui for doing this wonderful challenge. You have helped a lot of people. Me included! It has got me through so much! The Chatter Challenge saw me through a winter of discontent! I loved the impetus to get myself into the water in the winter, in my skins. I didn’t believe that I could do it until I could and now know I can. 
    I’m so grateful and I’ve just signed up to swim the channel and back because of the confidence this has given me. Wish me luck!!!"
    Gemma S (40)
  • "I have never enjoyed a 'sporting challenge' as much as this one. Dipping has given me a better way of life now. I love taking my body board out when the waves are boshy! Thank you so much to all the Chatterers for keeping me motivated along the way! I never thought that I would swim as often as I did throughout winter.  I set out to achieve the gold award but then realised that platinum was within reach so just went for it and GOT IT!"
    Mandy P (56)
  • Ridiculous fun is always welcome
    Rebecca W (53)
  • I have been swimming in the sea for many years and this is the first winter that I have seen so many people enjoying the water over the bleak winter months.  This is all thanks to the Chatter Challenge.  I must confess that I have loved to see the competitive side of everyone coming out and have thoroughly enjoyed the crazy chatter with the tribe which is ever growing.
    Malcolm F (62)
  • Thank you so much for organising. This was a fab and fun incentive to dip throughout winter. The banter on social media really helped to build the Chatter community.
    Lois R (52)
  • Thanks so much for all your efforts in putting this together. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
    Dan B (38)
  • Final dip of the challenge and I can’t quite believe it. It’s been great to have had something to keep us all going when everything else has been a bit pants. Had a few bubbles on the last dip this morning to celebrate with the Sea Fairies. Thanks so much for organising this, logging the dips and keeping us going with motivational pictures. Everyone has been amazing - roll on the celebration.
    Adrienne B (33)
  • I love that this is not a serious swim challenge and is all about community and having a laugh.  The fact that we raised money for charity was a total bonus.
    Tyrone L (37)
  • Well done Jacqui - what a mammoth task you took on and you delivered it so well... thank you so much for all your hard work. We’ve loved every single dip on this challenge ... even the ones in freezing temperatures. Strangely, they were the most fun! Today’s final dip was a beautiful swim at King Eddie’s Bay in Tynemouth. I am looking forward to the next one now!
    Maggie G (49)
  • Last dip of the Challenge for me tonight, supported by two DIAMOND dippers Carly and Rachel (WonderWomen!!) and an amazing fly-by of swans to top it off!!  Thanks to everyone involved in the challenge, it’s been so much fun and I’ve loved seeing everyone’s dip pictures. Thanks so much to all the Chatterers.  I’ve loved everything about this challenge and will be looking to improve my total next time for sure. Well done to you all xx
    Faye S (43)
  • I really enjoyed the challenge and being involved in this supportive community.
    Luisa M (44)
  • This Challenge has been so much fun and I have made new friends on the back of it. It is great when you see someone wearing the Chatter Tribe hat as you feel part of aspecial community. 
    To sum the Chatter Challenge up: Community. Health. Action. Terrific. Time out. Energising. Relaxing. 
    Caring people. Helpful. Alwaqys fun. Laughter. Love. Exciting. Nature. Generosity of Spirit. Encouragement. 
    See what I did there?
    Ali G (55)
  • Wow - dedication right there. Unfortunately the restrictions stopped us doing our weekly dip. Amazing results everyone. x

    Joanne sadly died in April 2021 having managed her cancer diagnosis with great courage and dignity. Rebecca W (her dipping buddy) said that Joanne loved doing the Chatter Challenge and wore her woolly hat proudly showing she was a member of the Tribe. Her testimonial is added here with pride.
    Joanne M (47)
  • Well, 99 is about 99 more than I expected. If you had asked me last year whether I would be going in the North Sea with just a swimming costume, gloves, boots and hat on then the answer would have been 'absolutely not'. I am now addicted and have made new friends too. On the last dip ofthe Challenge, we enjoyed cake and chat with the Merpeople and my swim buddy Mandy P. Looking forward to next year's challenge. Thanks everyone for encouraging me xx
    Ann T (56)
  • Thank you so much for organising this and for really keeping us going through the winter. It's been an absolute ball for our first year of open water swimming and this has been the icing on the cake for us. Mandy W and I leapt into the final day of The Chatter Challenge feeling a bit thrilled to have made it all the way throughbut also sad that it had ome to an end. The friendships and laughter won't stop though and my little pot belly clearly needs more 'swimming'. Thanks for keeping us all in check and special  'whoops' for my mermaid pal for the most innappropriate conversations in the sea. 
    Paul S (48)
  • We all tookthe micky out of Jacqui at work for throwing herself in the sea but she managed to persuade me to join in with her madness! I never thought that I ould do this and managed twice so am impressed with myself. I intend to keep going and do the Challenge again this year. I loved the craic on social media and never wore my Chatter hat as my son pinched it! I can see why going in cold water is addictive (but don't tell anyone I said that).
    Stacey C (39)
  • Whether you follw a chart or folow a compass, follow the stars or follow your nose; go with the flow or swim against the tide, there's a place for you in the Chatter Tribe.
    Robert C (58)
  • Thank you for running it. Being part of The Chatter Challenge inspired me e to keep swimming on days I most certainly would have bailed out on otherwise! We couldn't have asked for a better day for our final dip. Well done everyone. Hi-5 Sarah - my fellow dip twin! xx
    Joanne W (46)
  • Thank you Chatter for all of your hard work in keeping a tally of the swims. Amazing challenge and well done to those of you who achieved 151 dips - dipping every single day of the challenge is very impressive. Also well done to everyoneelse whether you did one dip or 100 . It's been a great winter project and something to focus on when life has been less than normal x
    Clare L (49)
  • Thank you so much for your time, commitment and motivation. Really enjoyed the sense of community especially in lockdown. X
    Ruth L (59)
  • Paul and I started dipping together and laughing constantly then joined in with the Tribe at a different beach and am so pleased we did. We have such a laugh with all these people. I have thoroughly enjoyed the craziness, the shivers, the chatters and can't wait for next year's challenge now. 
    Mandy W (53)
  • Thanks so much. It's been a wonderful thing to do. x
    Jane B (49)
  • I really enjoyed this Challenge and intend to do it again next year to see if I can beat my total from this year. The motivational dipdates were great. 
    Lucy B (46)
  • Thank you so much for all your hard work. I loved seeing everyone's photos especially when I couldn't be there to join in. Onwards and upwards. 
    Gillian K (68)
  • Cracking challenge; thanks for organising and well done all.
    Matty W (47)
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