Great East Swim disappointment for Simon

Simon Wilkes (left) and Simon Smith who were due to take part in the Great East Swim.
Simon Wilkes (left) and Simon Smith who were due to take part in the Great East Swim.
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Blind swimmer Simon Wilkes is “gutted” that the Great East Swim has been postponed.

Simon was due to take part in the swim tomorrow (Saturday) with March cabbie Simon Smith but it has been put off due to the forecast weather.

A press release from the organisers of the open water swim said: “Tomorrow’s planned staging of the Great East Swim, at Alton Water Country Park near Ipswich, has been postponed and will not take place this weekend.

“The decision was taken this morning by the independent event planning group, as the weather forecast for the weekend predicts rain showers and strong gusting winds over Saturday and Sunday.

“Strong winds affect the ability of the safety kayakers to operate and also may make swimming conditions extremely challenging.

“Details of how to claim a refund will be communicated to entrants next week.

“We’re extremely sorry to postpone the event and fully understand the inconvenience this will cause, but your safety and well-being is always our number one priority.”

Simon was upset to receive the email this morning and is disappointed that he will not be able to raise the funds for The London Sports Club for the Blind, of which he is chairman.

“I am absolutely gutted. The fundraising was getting on well and I have been doing all the training for the swim.”

But Simon hopes the swim will be rearranged, despite the line about refunds.