Speedo Mick braves ‘whipping’ Storm Ciara winds

Rogue trampolines and an Everton fan braving the cold winds in his swimming trunks have been some of the quirkier sightings as Storm Ciara batters the UK and Ireland.

Fundraiser Michael Cullen, better known as Speedo Mick, shared a video of himself tackling the conditions in Glastonbury, Somerset, on a charity walk from John O'Groats to Land's End – despite Met Office warnings of gusts of more than 90 miles per hour.

"Speedos are designed to get wet and mine are absolutely soaking in this weather," Mr Cullen told the PA news agency.

"The wind is whipping my back, and it feels like I am getting flogged.

"I really wouldn't advise anybody else to do this – I can't believe I am out in this myself but, I am doing this for a really good cause and no storm is going to stop me getting to Land's End to complete this challenge."

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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Fans arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane between Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Fans arrive in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane between Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
A fan arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane between Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Damage to one of the stands at Wisbech Town Football Club in Cambridgeshire, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
A fan arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane between Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Police attending the scene of a fallen tree blocking Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Manchester City fans outside the Etihad Stadium where their Premier League match with West Ham United was called off due to extreme and escalating weather conditions, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven in East Sussex, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Onlookers watch as waves crash into the wall at Newhaven in East Sussex, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven in East Sussex, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
A view of standing water outside Belle Vue Stadium where the Betfred Super League match between Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons has been called off due to the weather, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK.
People sit in their cars to watch as they waves crash over the wall at Newhaven Harbour on the south coast of England on February 9, 2020, as Storm Ciara swept over the country. - Britain and Ireland hunkered down Sunday for a powerful storm expected to disrupt air, rail and sea links, cancel sports events, cut electrical power and damage property. With howling winds and driving rain, forecasters said Ciara would also hit France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
People sit in their cars to watch as they waves crash over the wall at Newhaven Harbour on the south coast of England on February 9, 2020, as Storm Ciara swept over the country. - Britain and Ireland hunkered down Sunday for a powerful storm expected to disrupt air, rail and sea links, cancel sports events, cut electrical power and damage property. With howling winds and driving rain, forecasters said Ciara would also hit France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
People watch the waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse on the south coast of England on February 9, 2020, as Storm Ciara swept over the country. - Britain and Ireland hunkered down Sunday for a powerful storm expected to disrupt air, rail and sea links, cancel sports events, cut electrical power and damage property. With howling winds and driving rain, forecasters said Ciara would also hit France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
PEBBLES, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: The river Tweed busts its banks in the Scottish Borders on February 09, 2020 near Peebles, United Kingdom. Amber weather warnings are in place as gusts of up to 90mph and heavy rain sweep across the UK with travellers facing disruption from Storm Ciara. (Photo by David Cheskin/Getty Images)
PEBBLES, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: A house cut off by flood water in the Scottish Border town of Peebles on February 09, 2020 near Peebles, United Kingdom. Amber weather warnings are in place as gusts of up to 90mph and heavy rain sweep across the UK with travellers facing disruption from Storm Ciara. (Photo by David Cheskin/Getty Images)
Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Onlookers watch the storm-churned waters at Newhaven in East Sussex, as Storm Ciara hits the UK. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The Liverpudlian is raising money for community projects for disadvantaged young people and donations have passed £178,000 so far.

In the South East, a trampoline blown onto train tracks in Chelsfield, south London, disrupted rail services to the capital.

"We are working to remove it but will need further staff to assist given its size," tweeted Network Rail Kent and Sussex early on Sunday morning.

The trampoline was later removed but at around lunchtime another was found in Bickley.

"Oh look... it's our second trampoline of the day and the lines are blocked and power off. #StormCiara trampoline count: 2," Network Rail tweeted.

And in the Peak District, trainee rescue dog Geoffrey the springer spaniel practised finding a volunteer posing as a person in need amid blustery conditions.

Geoffrey was filmed playing with a toy in the wind with one of the volunteers – a reward for finding them.

"Our volunteers train twice a week, every week all over the country," Andrew Keen, of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, told PA.

"Even in today's storm, the dogs need to practice finding people and the handlers working them.

"The bodies are volunteers who all year round, hide on mountainsides so our dogs can learn how to find them."

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