Charity swim scuppered by forecast

By a County Press reporter

Friday, August 15, 2014

 

Charity swim scuppered by forecast

Swimmer Anna Wardley. Picture by Laura Holme.

STRONG winds forecast for Sunday have led to a major charity swimming event being postponed.

The Solent Swim Challenge, launched by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and round Isle of Wight swimmer Anna Wardley, was due to take place this weekend.

It has been re-scheduled for Sunday October 5.

Twenty-one swimmers, including two from the Island, were due to take the plunge on Sunday morning to tackle the 2.5 nautical mile course across the Solent from Stokes Bay, Gosport, to Ryde Sands.

Anna Wardley, who last year swam non-stop around the Isle of Wight, said: "The safety of the swimmers and our support crew has always been our absolute number one priority.

"We have been receiving in-depth weather forecasts from our meteorologist, Simon Rowell, and the wind forecast has steadily worsened through the week."

The swimmers have so far raised more than £22,000, including their entry fees, for the Isle of Wight-based charity which takes young people aged between eight and 24 sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer.

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