Why Wunderman’s Ian Haworth goes cold water swimming at 6am every day | Creative Pursuits

Introducing Creative Pursuits, The Drum’s new video series uncovering the weird and wonderful hobbies undertaken by the industry’s marketing matter. First up is Wunderman executive creative director Ian Haworth, who rises with the lark six days a week to swim in Hyde Park’s Serpentine lake.

Haworth, rather inexplicably, “can’t get enough of the feeling of cold water”. As a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club he arrives at the lake before 7am come rain or shine in all seasons. Wetsuits are for wimps here, and in the winter months the creative director has been known the crack the ice in the dark of dawn in order to get his cold water fix.

“It’s kind of like a narcotic minus the narcotic, particularly when it’s colder and the water’s less than 10 degrees,” he said. “It just makes you feel so sharp and alive. It is like a real boost every morning.

“You kind of feel pretty chilled out and happy most of the time – and that’s not a bad thing.”

Do you enjoy a bizarre hobby? Email katie.deighton@thedrum.com to get involved in future episodes.

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Katie Deighton

Katie Deighton is The Drum’s senior reporter - creative and video based in London. She produces, films, presents and edits the title’s editorial video output, including series such as On The Scene, Ad Breakers and Why I Left Advertising, and manages its coverage of the creative sector. She also reports on the intersection between politics and marketing, as well as the third sector and fashion.

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